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Romantic Rants

Romantic Rants

A place to share thoughts about books, authors, family, love and life's constant ability to keep me on my toes.

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stop... Stop... STOP!

Posted by Rebecca M Avery on April 27, 2014 at 7:40 PM Comments comments (0)

So the boy got his temporary driver's permit.  May this post serve as your official warning.  I do not have big enough cahones' to ride in the front seat while he learns the fine skill of driving.  That being said, I sit in the back seat and try to meditate in an effort not to panic.  However, there are moments when a quick intake of breath happens no matter how much I try not to let it escape.  I've also become a Bill Cosby protege' by repeating the things I say in quick succession... such as

stop... Stop... STOP!

Result = "I heard you the first ten times mom... we're stopped!  See... car's not moving anymore!  However, at some point it's going to move again so you can't start saying stop again the second the car moves forward.  We'll just go slow... okay?"

I win! :D

The Highlander's Dangerous Temptation - Terri Brisbin (5 stars)

Posted by Rebecca M Avery on April 27, 2014 at 7:20 PM Comments comments (0)

Yes... as a hopeless romantic, that also includes historical romances.  I have two favorite authors in this genre of romance novels... Terri Brisbin and Michelle Willingham.  Having recently looked at Michelle's blog about her time spent watching the photo shoot for one of her books, I noticed this book based on the fact that it was the same cover model as was on Michelle's book. And what a hottie he is... geesh!  ;)

Anyway, as I read the book blurb, I figured out this was a follow up story to a series I had previously read by Terri Brisbin and thoroughly enjoyed.  This book is about the brother of the hero from the first book in that series teaming up with Ruric's daughter.  Ruric was just... sigh.  Yeah.  Yet again, this was one I had to finish reading in one sitting because I couldn't put it down. 

Terri Brisbin has a real talent for taking actual historical information and facts and weaving it into her stories in such a way that it's quite inspiring.  Her and Michelle both do a great job with that.  So much so that my first manuscript/series was a historical one.  I've not published that one but I may someday after being reminded of just how much I love history mixed in with a little romance!

Likes - The heroine knew the man she wanted and was willing to stick her neck out and then wait for him to realize that she was meant for him.  The hero tried to resist her but she won his heart in the end!  Along the way was a few misunderstandings but also some amazing healing for the hero in terms of his past.  Also characters from previous books made an appearance and I love that! :D

Dislikes - Nothing... In fact I want to go back and re-read the whole series from the beginning now.  I borrowed this one from the library but will now have to find it on Amazon to add to my library... there's my dislike.


Posted by Rebecca M Avery on April 15, 2014 at 4:25 PM Comments comments (0)

Listen to ridiculous stuff during the 6:30AM car ride to school (or whereever).  This morning's selection was an old Lionel Ritchie CD I found.  Even in his nearly catatonic state he managed to look over at me in complete disbelief.

Result = "This should be illegal this early in the morning.  Seriously, Mom... anything else and I won't complain.  Swear it on my life."

I simply smiled, turned it up and sang along.  It brought back memories of rollar skating to Endless Love and irritated the pajeemies out of him in the process.  Payback Baby!  Mom = 10/Boy = -10

Where are my shoes?

Posted by Rebecca M Avery on April 15, 2014 at 4:20 PM Comments comments (0)

I am just as bad for leaving my shoes laying around as my kids.  However, as the adult this is allowed... right? Do as I say, not as I do, etc. :)

Now that my teenage son is considerably bigger than me with MUCH larger feet, rather than searching for my own shoes, I just borrow his.  I can put my feet in them and not have to lace them up or anything.  I just stomp around attempting to keep my feet from falling out of them.  I go where I need to go and then take them back off... often leaving them in a different place than where he took them off.

Result = "Mom!  Where are my shoes? Seriously..."

Response = "I'm not sure...Wherever I took them off last I guess... I can't remember but if you find yours, can you look for mine too?"

Tehe!  That's much better than what I've always said in the past which was "I don't know!  I don't wear them!" 

Hopeless - Colleen Hoover (4 stars)

Posted by Rebecca M Avery on April 9, 2014 at 6:35 PM Comments comments (0)

So this book recommendation came by way of a feed from Amazon within Facebook, indicating that it was a free download (which only lasted a few days I believe). Having seen the book and heard others talking about it, I’ll admit… I got curious. I’m not normally a young adult/new adult reader. However, there are always exceptions to the rule. This book was an exception. Though not for the faint of heart or anyone easily offended by realistic and frank discussions of topics most people would rather not even think about… it was a good read.

Likes: You are lead to believe for the first half of the book that the issues lie with one person, while in reality they are totally about someone else. I like subtly in a storyline or those books that at some point during reading make you go “OMG… she’s talking about XXXX person… not XXXX person!” And you sit up a little taller in your chair. This book did just that for me. I also liked that the author touched on a dicey subject about loving someone regardless of the pain they cause you. When someone hurts you it doesn’t mean that you can just turn off your feelings for them immediately. Sometimes you care about them even when you don’t want to anymore. Life is just not that easy.

Dislikes: The first half of the book was a little slow and a few areas left me going “what!?!” but the book is about teenagers. Having experienced a couple of those (teenagers) personally… I am often surprised with what they think they can get away with. I stuck out those parts and overall enjoyed the book.


Bad boys... bad boys... whatcha gonna do?

Posted by Rebecca M Avery on April 5, 2014 at 6:20 PM Comments comments (0)

When your teenage son goes wandering off with his friends (say at a sports event) and within 5 minutes you hear police sirens... call his cellphone and ask him what he is doing.  If after hanging up a little while later you happen to hear more sirens and he doesn't call you... call him again. 

RESULT= By nights end any siren he hears he will immediately call you (great checking in ploy btw) and assure you that the police are not coming for him or any of the friends he is with!  This saves you the trouble of having to remember to track his behind down periodically and ask where he is, what he is doing, if he's with the same group of friends, if they are being good and what time he'll be home... because... wait for it... he called YOU.  That entitles you to ask as many questions as necessary to achieve personal anxiety relief.

When You Dare - Lori Foster (5 Stars)

Posted by Rebecca M Avery on April 3, 2014 at 8:00 PM Comments comments (0)

When You Dare is the first book in Lori Foster's Men Who Walk the Edge Of Honor series. I decided to re-read this book as it is a favorite. :) This story follows a hunk of a mercenary named Dare Macintosh, who infiltrates a human trafficking ring in Mexico to save a close friend. Upon finding her, he also rescues another woman in serious need of his help. Thus, we meet Ms. Molly Alexander.

Likes: The entire book revolves around Dare and Molly trying to figure out who is behind her kidnapping, and the reasons why. All the while the two are falling in love. This read had me constantly guessing right up until the end on who was out to get Molly. I fell in love with both characters, and also Dare's “girls”.

Dislikes: None! This is a five star for me... hence the re-read! I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys sexy romance and suspense. I look forward to revisiting the rest of Ms. Foster's Men Who Walk The Edge Of Honor series when it's released as a box set in May!


Head over Heels - Jill Shalvis (Four Stars)

Posted by Rebecca M Avery on March 30, 2014 at 11:00 AM Comments comments (0)

As I've mentioned before with other reviews... You will notice that I only post about books that I know I will finish and that I at least somewhat like. I was raised that if I don't have anything nice to say about something... just don't say anything. However, you will find that only books that I couldn't put down and end up re-reading multiple times (even years later) make the five star list.

Head Over Heels is the third book in Jill Shalvis' Lucky Harbor series.  This story revolves around the youngest of the three sisters, Chloe.  I enjoyed this book as I felt like Chloe is one of those people I would want to be friends with.  She's willing to stick her neck out for those things... or people... that are important to her.

Likes:  Chloe is a free spirit and of all the sisters, I related to her the best.  Shes a no holds barred, live in the moment kind of woman.  Her character was fun and all around sweet.  The plot involves her brushes with trouble and the local Sheriff...  Again, a few humorous moments over all.  This book was my favorite of the series because it touched on realistic feelings regarding her sister's not giving her the opportunity to show that she's matured and taken on more responsibilities for the Inn that they all inherited.  I liked that the issue was one that you could see not only Chloe's point of view on the matter but could also understand where the other two sisters were coming from.

Dislikes:  I don't believe that I will continue with this series because the next book revolves around a new character that is introduced about half way through Head Over Heels.  I'm not invested in this new person enough to read her story and the other books in the series appear to be about characters I haven't even met yet.

The Sweetest Thing - Jill Shalvis (4 stars)

Posted by Rebecca M Avery on March 30, 2014 at 10:45 AM Comments comments (0)

As I've mentioned before with other posts... You will notice that I only post about books that I know I will finish and that I at least somewhat like. I was raised that if I don't have anything nice to say about something... just don't say anything.  However, you will find that only books that I couldn't put down and re-read multiple times (even years later) make the five star list.

That being said I read The Sweetest Thing, which is book two in the Jill Shalvis Lucky Harbor series which is the oldest sister, Tara's story.  I enjoyed it as it was a story about rekindling the spark with an old flame.  In this case it was a spark that never died.  Overall I liked this book enough to buy and read the third book in the series which I will post my review for.  I gave this book four stars.

Likes - Much like book one in this series there were a couple of humorous moments. The external conflict in this book revolves around the two lovebird's first attempts at a relationship during their teenage years.  Bring in the ex husband who has decided it's time to try the relationship again and it gets interesting.  Though not as interesting as I thought it would when the concept was first introduced.  I think this could have been played up more than it was.  Again though... I'm loving the side characters because they add depth to the overall feel of the story.  You feel like you could actually live in Lucky Harbor so that part is very well done. 

Dislikes - For fear of giving spoilers (which I hate to do if I can avoid it) a secret from the past comes back to be acknowledged.  However, this secret had way to much freedom in my opinion.  If you read the book and are a parent, you might understand what I am referring to here. 

Eat... Then brush.

Posted by Rebecca M Avery on March 24, 2014 at 12:15 AM Comments comments (0)

Asking repeatedly what they are eating now or if they've brushed their teeth. A minimum of five times a day is required.

Result = "YES MOM! I've brushed my teeth today!  And just because I'm passing through the kitchen doesn't mean that I'm eating something!"