Archive | October 2013

Life: Building a Home Gym (Part 1)

I know I’ve mentioned working out before – I typically try to workout about five (5) days a week. I do have a regular gym membership (Gold’s Gym) but that is mostly a waste of money as I hardly ever go.

Why not? Because I am building a home gym. I despise my local Gold’s Gym. The place is small and extremely crowded. There are exercise machines galore but the free weight section is pathetic. I always feel extra uncomfortable in this gym and I get sick of the fact that the gym employees know less about their options than my dog does.

So I decided to build a gym in my home. No more driving out of my way only to have to drive back home sweaty and tired. No more fighting for equipment. No more being unable to squat because the “bros” are all curling in the fucking squat rack!!!!!*
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Review: Sea Swept (Chesapeake Bay Saga #1) By Nora Roberts

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A champion boat racer, Cameron Quinn traveled the world spending his winnings on champagne and women. But when his dying father called him home to care for Seth, a troubled young boy not unlike Cameron once was, his life changed overnight…

After years of independence, Cameron had to learn to live with his brothers again, while he struggled with cooking, cleaning, and caring for a difficult boy. Old rivalries and new resentments flared between Cameron and his brothers, but they tried to put aside their differences for Seth’s sake. In the end, a social worker would decide Seth’s fate, and as tough as she was beautiful, she had the power to bring the Quinns together–or tear them apart…

I really wanted to like this book more than I did. REALLY, really wanted to like it more. And I can’t say that I didn’t enjoy parts of it – even most of it – but the reality is that while I enjoyed aspects of the book the romance fell flat for me. Flatter than Flat Stanley. I just did not believe the romance…at all.
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Premonition (Torrid Tarot Series) by Lynn LaFleur

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Kari Winchester considers her visions a curse. She can’t understand why she has visions when she’s never able to help anyone. This time, she prays Brenda Blackstone’s case will be different and she’ll find the teenager before it’s too late. Slade Blackstone left the Reno police force after ten years and started his own private investigation business. With his father owning the largest, most successful hotel and casino on the north shore of Lake Tahoe, he’s seen his share of con artists. Kari Winchester tops them all. He’s going to put a stop to her little scheme before she has the chance to get money out of his father. He hadn’t counted on falling for her with one look.




Another Vacation read.

This book was all:

Heroine: “I have visions and they make me sad!”

Rich hero’s sister disappears. *Gasp* Someone must have kidnapped her!


Heroine: “I have visions! I will save her!”

“You’re a crackpot. Or you kidnapped my sister. But you’re hot. I don’t believe you and think you are out to scam me & my father. But I’m going to have sex with you.”

Heroine: “Okay! Let’s do it! But I reserve the right to throw tantrums!”

Hero: “Deal!”





Heroine storms off! Hero storms after!

The sister is found!

Etc, etc etc

True Love is Proclaimed!

The End.

Lumberjack In Love (Lumberjack in Love #1) by Penny Watson


City slicker Ami Jordan was just dumped by her back-stabbing boyfriend, has no job prospects, and can’t find a decent cup of coffee in the entire state of Vermont. The last thing she needs is a sexy, bearded lumberjack complicating her life. Even if he’s smart, talented, and has the hottest ass she’s ever seen.

Tree house builder, environmental champion, and Bulldog owner Marcus Anderson has no patience for flatlanders with an attitude. But when landscape designer Ami Jordan shows up at his log cabin, he suddenly develops a hankering for a high-maintenance city gal. Now his house looks like a jungle, his recycling is in disarray, and his libido’s on fire.

He’s a lumberjack in love.

This is a rather cute story! I wasn’t in love with it – it was a little light and sweet for my tastes – but that could be because I’ve been reading crack-like crazy books lately and my taste-buds could be damaged.

I enjoyed the two main characters but I wasn’t the biggest Ami fan. She was a bit too sarcastic and complaining (for me) to people she didn’t know very well. She seemed to have a complaint on her lips quite frequently. But maybe her sense of humor and mine didn’t jive.

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I really liked Marcus. He was kinda hot and very kind. And had patience coming out of his ears.

Most of the book is pretty light and sweet…but the ending felt a little abrupt and Ami was a little mean in her actions. But I could understand that she had been sorta pushed into a relationship without time to think.

Scandal by Amanda Quick

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With her reputation forever tarnished by a youthful indiscretion, lovely Emily Faringdon is resigned to a life of spinsterhood, until she embarks on an unusual correspondence and finds herself falling head over heels in love. Sensitive, intelligent, and high-minded, her noble pen pal seems to embody everything Emily has ever dreamed of in a man. But Simon Augustus Traherne, the mysterious Earl of Blade, is not at all what he seems.

Driven by dark, smoldering passions and a tragic secret buried deep within his soul, Blade has all of London cowering at his feet, but not Emily…never Emily. For even as she surrenders to his seductive charms, she knows the real reason for his amorous suit. And she knows that she must reach the heart of this golden-eyed dragon before the avenging demons of their entwined pasts destroy the only love she has ever known…

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Please note: This review is still in progress.

I’ve had a bad 2013 so far, health-wise.

For me, at least, it’s been very bad. I’ve lost a lot of interest in my hobbies. Medication has had me staring at walls like a zombie.

I read this book for the first time years and years ago. Never able to find it again, no matter how hard I looked.
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