On vacation in Key West with his SEAL team Arapaho, Miguel Cruz (team name Coyote) heads to the local bar to look for some action. He literally bumps into Cori, spilling her drink all over her shirt. She is obviously not amused. It is not a good first impression. Later he sees her again and uses all of his charm to change her mind. After getting over her initial annoyance at Coyote’s clumsiness, she is coaxed into having a drink with him.
Cori cannot deny the sparks flying between her and Coyote, but when she finds out that he is a SEAL, she put up emotional barriers to prevent heartache like the one caused by her ex-boyfriend.
Like all of his SEAL team members, Coyote does not realize, until he meets THE ONE, that he wants to settle down <kind of cheesy but this is a romance novel after all>. Even though the story is one long love scene with interspersed conversation, it is evident that Coyote and Cori click and have chemistry to work. Since their romance was a short one, I wonder if Cori will be prepared for the intensity and determination of a relationship with a SEAL. If so, they will live happily ever after.
As with the rest of the books in this series, these novellas are HOT with plenty of steamy (graphic) love scenes. Once the main characters meet, it is one love scene after another. These mature adult stories are not for anyone with delicate sensibilities.
Lately, I have come to dislike reading books in a series. It seems many authors call a group of books a series instead of writing one book with a complete story. This series is different than many others out there in that each book can be read on its own. I actually read Conquering Zeus first and my interest was piqued about the stories of the rest of SEAL team Arapaho. From there, I began to read the rest of the books. The posts for the next few weeks will be reviews on each book. However, I wanted to take the time to speak about my impressions of the overall set (which can be purchased through Amazon ).
This series is about members of SEAL team Arapaho and how each of them finds the woman that is meant for them. Each story is written by a different author with different writing styles, but the stories are still intertwined with each other. And some characters are secondary characters making minor appearances in the books about their teammates.
There is a common theme in the series: Live and love today because tomorrow is not promised.
I am not usually one that likes military romances, but these stories kept my interest. In several of the stories, the main characters only know each other a few days and they decide they connect on such a level, they want to be together. Again, usually, I am not one who can see the romance in that. But I make an exception for these men. Any person who has seen the ugly side of war is more likely to trust their gut instinct when it comes to matters of the heart and make a quick choice since they are accustomed to having to make life and death decisions swiftly.
All these novellas are HOT with plenty of steamy (graphic) love scenes. Even though there are different writing styles, one thing is for certain: Once the main characters meet, it is one love scene after another. These mature adult stories are not for anyone with delicate sensibilities.
Buy one or buy them all! The great part is that you do not have to read them in order either. This is my type of book series.
Since this is my blog, I am going to close with another gratuitous finely tone manly body picture. Bring the heat, baby!
Blake is an English Duke in need of a wife or he will lose his family fortune by his next birthday. Those were the requirements of his father’s will to manipulate Blake from the grave. Samantha is a matchmaker for wealthy men looking for the right women to their business requirements. Her business is about logical sensible choices for marital relationships instead of choosing for love. A win-win for all parties involved.
After employing her to find his perfect match, Blake decides that Sam is the woman for him. Sam is understandably wary, but he makes her an offer that she cannot refuse. Considering that she has others she needs to think about, his proposal seems like the answer to a prayer. Blake is determined that he will outwit his father’s legal requirements and have a pleasurable time while doing it.
The story was somewhat predictable, but entertaining and really funny. The supporting characters will add to the story and the entertainment factor. No romance would be complete without the half-truths and slight misunderstands along the way. Blake and Sam make a business deal in the beginning of their relationship and both knew that love was not supposed to be part of it. In the end, trust, not love, is the issue that decided the fate of their relationship.
Buy this book!!!! I loved it. It was such a cute story. This is a modern day simple girl-becomes-duchess story. And the funny thing about it is that the “simple girl-becomes-duchess” premise actually happens. I think England’s own Princess Kate is a good example of that. There might not be enough royals to go around for all the girls to have their own duke, but it goes to show that the storyline of this book was not too farfetched.
I had to go Savannah for a work conference and was looking for something different to eat. I wanted to go downtown because I figured that was the best area for a lot of different options. At the time it was raining, so walking around was out of the question. I searched on my phone for area restaurants and that is how I found Jazz’d Tapas Bar.
Jazz’d Tapas Bar is in Savannah’s Historic District on Barnard St. The bar is below street level lending to the cool, jazzy vibe. Not the best choice since it was raining cats and dogs because there were giant puddles near their entrance. But once inside, the atmosphere put me in the mood to order food and a tasty drink. This was the ultimate jazz bar with jazz/blues music playing in the background.
The thing about tapas menus is that you are usually hungry and want to try everything. Most menu items were between $7 – 10 each. I splurged and ordered 3: pork empanadas with a tangy sour cream dip, crab cakes with a herbed remolade, and roasted chicken over corn relish. I could not eat all that I ordered, so I took what was left of my empanadas for a late night snack. Since I was living in the moment, I felt that I had to order a martini. It seemed like the sophisticated thing to do. I forgot to take of picture of it, but it was a delight for me taste buds as well.
Everything was really delicious. My favorite was the empanadas. The pork filling was flavored with BBQ spices. It was a fusion of Southern BBQ and Latin cooking style.
I read that Jazz’d has received awards for their food and swanky digs from Cosmopolitan Magazine, Southern Living, and Savannah Magazine. I have to agree the food and ambiance were on point. If you are ever in Savannah and want to visit an upscale restaurant for food and drinks, keep this Jazz’d Tapas Bar in mind. They change the menu every so often, so you might not be able to order the empanadas, but whatever you order, I can imagine that it will be delicious.
If you are looking for a cheap beach vacation in the US, don’t forget about Clearwater beach in Florida. I read an article in a tourist magazine that said that Clearwater Beach was named one of the best beaches in the US. I have to agree. I have been to a lot of different beaches and everything in the experience receives a rating. I look at the beach access, cleanliness of the beach, beach traffic/parking, beach hotel costs, and the quality of area restaurants. On a trip to visit some friends that live near Tampa, I took my Nana for a short vacation last December to Clearwater.
There are hotels within the $70 – 100 range that are not beachfront hotels but the beach is walking distance. To save some money, we picked an ocean view hotel. The hotel did not have beach access, but we could sit on their patio which overlooked the ocean. We were a less than 5 minute walk from the beach. So I was able to head out to the beach and put my feet in the water. Another plus was that the hotel parking was free. So many times, parking is $20 – 30 range at the nice hotels. And there are plenty of affordable restaurants in the area that are walking distance from the hotels that are along the beach.
The beach itself, the main attraction, was so pretty. I went out several times just to lay on the beach with my eyes closed listening to the waves. I went at dusk to watch the sun set. The sense of tranquility that I felt was from the best type of stress reliever.
Clearwater beach is accessible by the St. Petersburg/Clearwater small regional airport (abbreviation PIE) or Tampa international airport. We used a low cost air carrier Allegiant Air that flew from Greenville, SC into PIE. Using a flight special, the ticket price was $150. I do not know if you have the option of using a carrier like Allegiant Air, but if possible fly into PIE because smaller airports mean less hassle getting in and out. Just to give you an idea of how small the airport was- walking outside to the rental car parking lot was like walking outside of Wal-Mart to your car. There are no parking garages here.
Overall, the beach, surrounding area, hotel accommodations, and total trip cost made this an enjoyable, relaxing beach vacation.
One of my many hobbies is aromatherapy. I was studying fragrances and scents before it became the cool thing to do. Now days, there are so many different companies out there that are offering essential oils and blends to consumers. Unless you are fortunate enough to live in a place where there are brick and mortar stores selling these products, you probably will have to go online to find what you need.
For the best prices on the best quality products, I go to Amazon
I use a few different brands depending on what I need.
For pure essential oils, I use Edens Gardens and Aura Cacia.
When it comes to aromatherapy, your blends are only as good as your ingredients. Using low quality ingredients reduce or negate efficacy. In other cases, they could cause negative or allergic reactions. For me, Now, Edens Gardens and Aura Cacia are the best brands of what is on the market currently.
Quinton is a Native American man working for an environmental company that writes reports about the environmental effects of logging companies. The irony is that he accepts bribes from logging companies to ensure that he approves whatever they are doing. He gives creative spin of their actions to the EPA with little regard to the local flora and fauna. Regina is a wife of the logging company owner that Quinton is there to survey. Granted it is a very abusive relationship, but she is still married!
The only thing I hate worse than love triangles is a “romance” where one or both parties are married, especially when the person is cheating on their spouse. When I realized that Regina was going to be the love interest, I was curious how the book was going to end. I did not like the premise of the book, but I was still giving the author a chance to weave an interesting story.
Even though Regina was married, her husband was so abusive that she yearned for love and tenderness. I am not saying that I condone her method of obtaining it, but I can see how that situation could happen. Quinton was a man that has lost his way, his morals, and his character. Through his love for Regina, he was able to redeem himself. I do not like the way he chose to do that, but considering he probably felt he had to pay penance for all those hidden sins/bribes, he saw it as justice.
I cannot say that I recommend this book, but others might find it interesting. If you focus on Quinton’s road to redemption and less on a married woman having an affair, parts of the story has some merit. As a romance, I found the story depressing.