Archive | July 2014

Hot Alpha SEALs Anthology Review: Hot Bayou SEAL by Cindy Dees *light spoilers*

Hot Alpha SEALs

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SEAL Ford Alambeaux is a busted up SEAL on his way out of the teams. Trina Zarkos is being tossed out of SEAL training like every other female candidate…until they’re thrown together on a way off-book mission to see if she can play with the big boys or not.

 
 
Hot Bayou SEAL is the first book I read in the Hot Alpha SEALs Anthology and I really enjoyed it! Hot Bayou SEAL is a short and quick contemporary romance read. The heroine, Trina, is a bit of a badass…and I love badasses, lol.

Trina Zarkos is training to become the first female SEAL – she’s in the pre-conditioning program and is…surviving. She’s not the best in her class and not the worse but she’s too stubborn to quit even though the instructors desperately are trying to make her flunk out. Suddenly she’s kicked out, put on a plane with SEAL Ford Alambeaux and sent to the middle of nowhere.
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WTFery in the News: 31-Jul-2014

Me, through my children’s eyes – This has to be one of the most heartwarming posts I’ve seen in a few weeks. A mother finds a photo of herself on her phone and she is disgusted and ashamed of how she looks. Then she talks to her children – not only did her son take the picture, he thought she looked beautiful and wonderful. Her daughter chimes in that she feels her mom’s picture is so nice that she could be in a postcard. LOVE this. This woman’s children helped her to see the beauty that she has instead of focusing on flaws. LOVE.
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Hot Alpha SEALs Anthology Review: Unbreakable SEAL by J.M. Madden

Hot Alpha SEALs

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Maxwell Tate fights against a psychotic dream world, until he no longer knows what’s real. Lacey Adams knows she can’t save all of her cases, but can she salvage the unbreakable SEAL?

I both really enjoyed and was really irritated by Unbreakable SEAL.

Unbreakable SEAL deals with emotional trauma and recovery – and this aspect is where I was both intrigued and uncomfortable. The heroine meets the hero for the first time as he is having a hallucination (about spiders, I almost died). As a former Walter Reed nurse, Lacey could tell immediately that the hero was military and in serious trouble.

I loved the fact that J.M. Madden did NOT utilize the magical vajayjay. The hero’s issues needed real professional help and the author showed him doing just that. Max had to deal with flashbacks, hallucinations and the “minor” issues of being prescribed a shitton of psychotropic, addictive drugs. Unbreakable SEAL had another draw for me – one of my family members is currently experiencing flashbacks of his military days. The flashbacks have become overwhelming and he had to be hospitalized. Of course, being forced to go to the hospital has aggravated the condition – he’s now terrified that his wife will leave him due to his issues (she’s not, he’s just panicking). This family member was on my mind throughout my reading of Unbreakable SEAL.

What bothered me was the…quick relationship that developed between the hero and heroine. They really didn’t know each other well and most of the time the hero was a drugged out psychotic mess. It was difficult for me to understand the strong attraction heroine felt for the hero. It was so difficult that it pulled me out of the story quite a bit. Lacey is a major Mary Sue but the hero was such a mess…I could understand seeing that he was worth effort but the emotions between the main characters didn’t quite ring true.

The final chapters of the book showed some real growth in Lacey and Max’s relationship and I really appreciated that portion of the novel.

Sp, it’s a quick read but it’s not cute and it’s not really sexy. There’s a bit more emotion in this book than the ones I previously read – the author does not shy away from the very real and debilitating issues the hero has – but the shortness of the book left some plot holes and forced the relationship a little.

WTFery in the News: 29-Jul-2014

Sabina Altynbekova Is Too Beautiful To Play Volleyball, Critics Say – This story just pisses me off. Sabina Altynbekova is quite adorable. There’s no denying that – but to say that she should not be allowed to live out her dreams – because of her “unbearable” attractiveness – it’s just going waaaay more than one step too far. It’s beyond the pale and it shows that women are damned if we do and damned if we don’t. 😦
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Hot Alpha SEALs Anthology Review: NIGHT WITH A SEAL (Hot SEALS #1) by Cat Johnson

Hot Alpha SEALs

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Ten years of dedication to the Navy taught SEAL Jon Rudnick one thing—he’s not afraid to risk life and limb for his country. But when navigating military red tape begins to present more challenges than the enemy it makes Jon question his future. So does Alison Cressly, the woman he can’t get out of his head.

When Ali’s life is threatened and military rules won’t allow him to intervene, Jon decides it’s time to take back control.

A team of sexy SEALs, a terrorist threat, and an attraction that can’t be denied . . . it all comes together in this launch of the new Hot SEALs romantic suspense series from New York Times and USA Today bestselling contemporary romance author Cat Johnson.

Note: This book is a part of the Hot Alpha SEALs: Military Romance Megaset which is a 10 book Anthology. I have decided to review and rate each entry in the anthology separately since it is so large.

Night with a SEAL is the first book in the Hot SEALs series by Cat Johnson as well as an entry in the Hot Alpha SEALs Anthology.Night with a SEAL

Night with a SEAL was a pretty quick read. I really liked the couple together but…they really didn’t know each other. The book was so quick with the couple spending such a short amount of time together…I can’t say I quite believe in their HEA. Mostly, I felt Night with a SEAL ended in a way that allows for an HEA…so, HFN?

WTFery in the News: 07/24/14

Indian doctors remove 232 teeth from teenager’s mouth after he complained of toothache – And this story is what dental nightmares are made of. A young man goes to a dentist with a toothache…and ends up having to have a seven hour procedure to remove 232 teeth! *shudders*

Doctors in India were stunned to find that a teen complaining of toothache had a world record 232 fangs inside his mouth.
Ashik Gavai, 17, visited Sir J.J. Hospital in Mumbai after feeling pain in the right side of his mouth.
At first, medics couldn’t diagnose the issue.
But a series of tests then revealed there was an abnormal growth on the second molar on his lower right jaw.

After further investigation, doctors were shocked to find scores of tiny teeth popping out.
“These pearlies were of varying sizes, some as tiny as a grain of mustard and some the size of a marble,” said Dr Sunanda Dhivare-Palwankar, head of the hospital’s dental department, according to the India Times.
Medics at Sir J.J. Hospital in Mumbai spent seven hours hammering and chiseling out the teeth.
“At the final count, we had a total of 232 of them. The fact that it was coming from a single molar was very unique,” she added.

Medics spent seven hours chiseling and hammering the teeth out – one-by-one.

Review: Bone Rider by J. Fally *light spoilers*

Bone Rider

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Riley Cooper is on the run. Misha Tokarev, the love of his life, turned out to be an assassin for the Russian mob, and when it comes to character flaws, Riley draws the line at premeditated murder. Alien armor system McClane is also on the run, for reasons that include accidentally crashing a space ship into Earth and evading U.S. military custody. A failed prototype, McClane was scheduled for destruction. Sabotaging the ship put an end to that, but McClane is dubbed a bone rider for good reason—he can’t live without a host body. That’s why he first stows away in Riley’s truck and then in Riley himself. Their reluctant partnership soon evolves into something much more powerful—and personal—than either of them could have imagined.

Together, they embark on a road trip from hell, made all the more exciting by the government troops and mob enforcers hot on their trail. Misha is determined to win Riley back and willing to do whatever it takes to keep him safe. When hitman and alien join forces, they discover their impressive combined potential for death and destruction. It will take everything Riley has to steer them through the mess they create.

“A cowboy, an alien, and three hit men walk into a bar…”

O.M.G!

This was one wild ride and I love every single second of it!

This review is almost impossible to write, I just enjoyed it so much that my thoughts are just a jumble of squees, lol.

WOW. This book is crazy. It’s amazing. It’s got so much action and explosions in it that I could see it as a movie. It’s an m/m romance sci-fi action shoot-em-up mobster military flick…book. O_O And one of the most gripping books I’ve read all year – I spent most of the read on the edge of my seat…

From the very first chapter I could barely put Bone Rider down. I was instantly hooked as I met System Six – a prototype symbiotic intelligent armor and weapons system – while he discovered that he was considered a failure and possibly scheduled for dismantling. System Six was panicked – he hated his disgusting host with a passion and he didn’t want to die – he had no clue how the other prototypes felt or if they were even sentient at all. Desperate, System Six looked for a way to buy himself time so that he could locate a new host. Sadly, he accidentally crashed the space ship into Earth. This accident kills almost everyone aboard the ship. The following accident – causing the death of the remaining ship members – is caused when the US Army stumbles upon the wreckage and (in fear of aliens) shoots [first] at the survivors. All of the aliens are killed with the exception of System Six who manages to get away. Just our friendly little way of making First Contact. ^.^
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WTFery in the News…

I am a part of several groups over at Goodreads and one of the things we all like to share with each other are strange/different/WTF news stories – mostly the stories are strange but occasionally they are terrific. And today I want to share a terrific story:

Does the Gender of Children Predict Divorce? – This story is more of a layman’s summery of a study completed by Duke University and it is just kinda awesome. Apparently, couples who have daughters are more likely to divorce…and scholars always assumed it was due to either a)the difficulty in raising a daughter or b)that men wanted sons more than daughters and so split if their wife delivered a girl. Now researchers are discovering that female fetuses are typically stronger than male and thus can easier withstand the stress of a rocky relationship in utero. Not that daddies roll when a boy-child doesn’t pop out. 🙂 Continue reading

Coursera: Online Games Week 2

This week in Online Games: Literature, New Media, and Narrative

This week the class is going to dig a little deeper into Tolkien, the social aspect of MMOs and take a look at one of my favorite epic poems: Childe Roland to the Dark Tower Came.

Readings
– J.R.R Tolkien’s The Fellowship of the Ring (complete novel)
– Robert Browning’s poem “Childe Roland to the Dark Tower Came”

Gameplay
This week’s in-game activities ask you to explore (or if you are a more experienced player, help others to explore) the social world of LOTRO. You have two options for completing the in-game assignment:

1. If you are in one of the four Coursera kinships, participate in the games planned for Saturday, July 26, 2014. Take a screenshot of yourself and some of your kin mates at the games.
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2. If you are not a member of one of the Coursera kinships, you should join a kinship and have a conversation with another member of the kinship in /kinship chat. Then travel to your kinship house and take a screenshot of yourself in front of or inside it. If your kinship does not have a house, travel to one of the housing areas on your own and explore. Find an interesting place to take a screenshot of your character in the kinship area.

I’ve started watching (well, listening) to the videos for this week already. I’m SUPER excited about Childe Roland to the Dark Tower Came! I first ran across this poem in college and I even got a chance to study and discuss it one-on-one with a professor. Childe Roland to the Dark Tower Came was also Stephen King’s inspiration and muse for his magus opus: The Dark Tower series (which was originally titled series titled “Wizard and Glass.”

I have to admit – I’m a little behind. I haven’t completed all of the readings and gameplay for last week as of yet. O_O I need to get on it as I have some assignments to turn in.

Review: Undeniably Yours (Kowalski Family #2) by Shannon Stacey

Undeniably Yours

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One-night stand + two percent condom failure rate = happily ever after?

Bar owner Kevin Kowalski is used to women throwing their phone numbers at him, but lately he’s more interested in finding a woman to settle down with. A woman like Beth Hansen. If only their first meeting hadn’t gone so badly…

Beth’s tending bar at a wedding when she comes face-to-face with a tuxedo-clad man she never thought she’d see again. She tries to keep her distance from Kevin but, by last call, she can’t say no to his too-blue eyes or the invitation back to his room. Then she slips out before breakfast without leaving a note and, despite their precautions, pregnant.

Kevin quickly warms to the idea of being a dad and to seeing where things go with Beth. After all, he’s not the player she thinks he is. But she’s not ready for a relationship and, given his reputation, it’s going to take a lot to convince her to go on a second date with the father of her child…

Well, this book just…felt like it went on forever. And it annoyed me greatly – well, the heroine annoyed the living shit out of me.

I really, really dislike books where the reason the hero and heroine don’t get together is because “reasons.” In Undeniably Yours the reason the H/h stay apart the entire book is because the heroine doesn’t want to do permanent relationships. Because her parents hovered and smothered. Although she has a good relationship with them. And she’s pregnant. And broke. Because reasons! And feelings!
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