What TV show should I binge watch next on Netflix?

Friday, May 26, 2017

I have a Netflix subscription so I have a habit of binge watching shows.  It's been a while since I found a good show, so I'm hoping for some suggestions!!

What I've already watched:
Friends (obviously!)
 How I Met You Mother
New Girl
The Walking Dead

Tried But Didn't Love:
Orange is the New Black
Once Upon a Time - i know, what's wrong with me, right?!  I thought I would love this one because of my strong love of Fairy tales, but I couldn't get into it...maybe I should give it another try??
Fuller House
Wet Hot American Summer
 It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia
30 Rock

Recently watched:
Galavant - LOVED this one!  So funny!
Stranger Things - Loved this one too!

Currently watching:
No Tomorrow
The Blacklist

Thinking About Trying:
Jessica Jones
Santa Clarita Diet
Penny Dreadful

What do you guys think??  What shows have you loved recently?

Excerpt & Giveaway: Feel Me by Cecy Robson

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Declan, the sexy, driven powerhouse meets the one woman immune to his charm . . .

O'Brien Family #4
Cecy Robson
Releasing May 23, 2017

RT Book Reviews proclaims that the O’Brien Family series from award-winning author Cecy Robson “has the hottest brothers ever!” And in FEEL ME, Declan, the sexy, driven powerhouse meets the one woman immune to his charm . . .

Declan O’Brien was always driven to take his place among Philly’s elite, working hard for everything he’s earned, including the title of Assistant District Attorney. He’s won seemingly impossible cases, so he’s furious when he’s assigned to lead the one unit he doesn’t want. 

Melissa Fenske was born hearing impaired to a neglectful mother, finding solace when she was adopted by a young attorney, now Declan’s boss. As the current Director of Victim Services, Melissa’s livid when Declan is placed in the main unit she oversees. She can’t forget their disastrous first encounter. Or shake how he makes her feel.

Declan considers the assignment another step toward his political aspirations, despite that he can’t get Melissa out of his mind. Melissa sees Declan as egotistical and self-serving, kicking herself for how fast she’s falling for him. Someone as hot, smooth, and perfect as Declan isn’t supposed to want her.

In another situation with any other woman, Declan wouldn’t hesitate to take Melissa to bed. But she is the boss’s daughter, and for once, Declan finds himself wanting more than just a one night stand.

Neither counted on each other. Both just met their match.

My hands fall to my lap. “I suppose now is a good time to tell you what I’m looking for,” I say quietly.
“What you’re looking for?” he asks.
I tilt my chin, wondering why he seems confused. “Well, yes. I have certain needs that I’m hoping you’ll help me with.”
His grip to his pen tightens. “Needs? For yourself?”
“For my unit,” I clarify. I wish like his brother, Declan also understood American Sign Language. Then I could sign and not give away how nervous I sometimes feel around him. I roll my ankle, trying to shake off some of my anxiety. For all he drives me crazy, he’s doing a hell of a job making me feel self-conscious. That doesn’t mean I’ll cower or stay quiet. “It’s my understanding that the assistant D.A.s currently assigned to SACU are burnt out and requesting reassignment.”
“That’s right,” he says, his expression sour. “Just a few hours on the job and I’ve already received transfer requests in writing.”
“I’d like to help select their replacements.” “Excuse me?” he asks.
Okay, here we go. Boob appreciation hour is officially over. “I’m not trying to step on your toes.”
“But?” he asks, leaning back against his chair.
“But nothing. I respect that the decision is ultimately yours. I’m only asking for the opportunity to provide input.” He keeps his expression neutral, and I can’t be sure he’s listening. I force myself to continue. “There have been a few new hires, and a few D.A.s looking to be challenged. I’d like to observe them in court and see how they perform on their feet. More importantly, I want to observe how they interact with victims of the more violent crimes.”
Declan appears anything but pleased. Either I’ve pissed him off or I’ve pushed him into something he’s not ready for. “I’m going to lay it right out for you,” he says, his tone matter-of fact. “SACU is the unit attorneys least want. I’m surprised the A.D.A.s currently there have lasted as long as they have.”
All right. I did annoy him. “They’ve lasted because it takes a while to become acclimated,” I counter. “But once there, they realize their importance and how much the victims and their families depend on them to help them through the process.”
“I’m not saying the work or the victims aren’t important. What I’m saying is no one is exactly begging to work there.”
“I realize SACU is the last place our attorneys want to be placed,” I say, staring straight at him. “Especially those who enter this office strictly to make connections and jump start their political careers. But it’s one of the most important units because of the sensitive subject matter and the degree of violence we see.”
I don’t mean to be so blunt, and maybe he doesn’t either, but here we sit with our gazes locked and the tension between us escalating.
Damn it. Dad wants us to work as a team. But the more we speak, the more I’m reminded Declan doesn’t want to be a part of this unit, and nowhere near me.
I inadvertently trail my fingers above the collar of my dress, it’s a nervous habit, much like when women tuck a strand of their hair behind their ear. But I never tuck my hair with my hearing aids in place. Any sound that brushes too close to the receiver such as the movement of hair, putting on a hat, resting my head against a pillow, even an intimate whisper, creates back noise similar to nails on a chalkboard.
My fingertips stroke close to the swell of my right breast as I think our situation through. I freeze when I realize Declan’s stare is following each subtle movement.
This is too weird. No way can Declan O’Brien be eyeing me like he wants to take a lick.
I ran into him at a restaurant a few weeks back. I was picking up takeout following a five mile run, still wearing the shorts and sports bra I ran in. Of course I had to see him. And of course he had to look good . . . and so did the blonde on his arm. She was a total stick and all legs, wearing a dress I don’t think I could have shoved my left breast into. I’m so not his type. So then why . . .
“I’ll allow the input,” he says.
“I’m sorry?”
“I’ll allow the input,” he says, a little louder.
This time I don’t correct him. I didn’t hear him, too busy watching him watch me which is absolutely ridiculous―ludicrous even―and good God, why does he have to look so good in that damn suit!
“Thank you,” I say, tripping over the word.

Cecy Robson is an award-winning author of magical realms and to-die-for Alpha heroes. A double RITA® 2016 finalist for Once Pure and Once Kissed, and published author of more than sixteen titles, you can typically find her on her laptop or stumbling blindly in search of caffeine.


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Waiting on Wednesday

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Waiting on Wednesday is a meme where we have the opportunity to let others know about books that we are eagerly waiting for.

Hosted by Breaking the Spine

Title: What To Say Next
Author: Julie Buxbaum
Genre: YA
Publisher: Delacorte Press

Releases On: July 11th 2017!

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From the New York Times bestselling author of Tell Me Three Things comes a charming and poignant story about two struggling teenagers who find an unexpected connection just when they need it most. For fans of Sophie Kinsella, Jennifer Niven, and Rainbow Rowell.

Sometimes a new perspective is all that is needed to make sense of the world.

KIT: I don’t know why I decide not to sit with Annie and Violet at lunch. It feels like no one here gets what I’m going through. How could they? I don’t even understand.

DAVID: In the 622 days I’ve attended Mapleview High, Kit Lowell is the first person to sit at my lunch table. I mean, I’ve never once sat with someone until now. “So your dad is dead,” I say to Kit, because this is a fact I’ve recently learned about her. 

When an unlikely friendship is sparked between relatively popular Kit Lowell and socially isolated David Drucker, everyone is surprised, most of all Kit and David. Kit appreciates David’s blunt honesty—in fact, she finds it bizarrely refreshing. David welcomes Kit’s attention and her inquisitive nature. When she asks for his help figuring out the how and why of her dad’s tragic car accident, David is all in. But neither of them can predict what they’ll find. Can their friendship survive the truth?

Why I'm Waiting: What can I say, I love awkward characters!  David seems like he fits that bill really well.  This is also suggested for fans of Rainbow Rowell and she's my favorite YA author, so I have to check it out.

What books are you waiting for?

10 Books On My Summer Reading List

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

I am linking up today at The Broke and the Bookish's link up "Top Ten Tuesday".  They have a different topic every week and it's a lot of fun to meet some new bloggers and find a bunch of new books to add to my list!  This week's topic is: Summer Reads Freebie.  I decided to go with: 10 Books On My Summer Reading List.

I picked 5 books that I have ARCs of that are due out this summer, and 5 books that are on my backlist just to balance things out.  Kicking my Backlist's butt is one of my goals this year so I thought if I made the list then I would HAVE to do it. lol!  Or it would help motivate me, at least! lol.

Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
We Are Still Tornadoes by Michael Kun

What is on your reading list this summer?

Have you read any of these?

Review: Surrender the Dark by Tibby Armstrong

Monday, May 22, 2017

Title: Surrender the Dark
Author: Tibby Armstrong
Genre: Fantasy, MM Romance
Publisher: Loveswept
Publication Date: May 23rd 2017

 As a provocative series of paranormal temptation begins, a vampire king seduces the supernaturally gifted man hunting him. But when the stakes are literally life or death, their struggle for control is no game.

Benjamin Fuller is a hunter, born and bred. Blinded as a child by the vampire who slaughtered his family, he’s blessed with a second sight that allows him to catch and kill his quarry. What his gift can’t help him see coming is his fierce, almost carnal attraction to the mystery man who claims to be a fellow hunter and whose touch triggers both lust and revulsion. When he gains the upper hand, Benjamin vows to bring his enemy to his knees.

After many years spent in exile, the only one who can help restore Tzadkiel Dragoumanos to his rightful place as War King is a blind hunter with golden curls, a lithe dancer’s physique, and distinctive facial scars—scars Tzadkiel gave him two decades ago. The mere scent of Benjamin Fuller provokes an unwelcome rush of insatiable desire. Yet to win an all-out supernatural war, Tzadkiel must resist the ravenous hunger to possess his prey—for now.

Benjamin Fuller was (reluctantly on his part) raised to be a vampire hunter just like all of his family members before him.  His uncle was cruel, often abusive to him, and was determined to teach him the ways of killing a vampire.  At only 8 years old Benjamin didn't really want any part of it, until one night when a vampire used Benjamin's kindness against him to not only escape but kill his family.  Benjamin was injured in the attack and it costs him his eyesight, so he decides to never show mercy again and takes his place as the last vampire hunter.  Tzadkiel spends 20 years in hiding trying to recuperate after the torture at the hands of Benjamin's uncle.  He vows to reclaim his place as head of the mora again (his vampire "pack"). In order to do so, he must sacrifice the last hunter and drink his blood.  Both Benjamin and Tzadkiel have very conflicting emotions about each other.  One one hand they are enemies, but they also feel a strong chemistry with each other.

"Your entire personality is like a hand job in a cold shower" 

I have to admit, this one really surprised me.  I went into this one expecting a lot of "hot and heavy" scenes and for their attraction to be the main focus point.  It really wasn't.  I actually really loved this one so much!  The chemistry between the two of them is sizzling, but because they are enemies they repeatedly push each other away so not much happens between them for a long time.  I REALLY didn't expect this one to get me all teary either!!  I'm not a big crier and I wasn't sobbing (my eyes were just sweating!  I swear!) but this one definitely gave me the feels.

"Whoever said love was blind, was right, Benjamin decided sometime later as he listened to the even rise and fall of Tzadkiel's breaths.  Once you closed your metaphorical eyes to misunderstandings and imperfections, conceits and prejudices, then, and only then, could you see the strength and beauty that had been there before you all along. "

I loved all of the characters in this one, even the secondary character were really well written.  I also really liked the difference in perspective with this one.  In every book we ever read about vampires they are evil bloodsuckers, but in this one they are a bit different.  I found that I really loved the change.  I ended up reading this in one sitting because the plot was steady and kept me on the edge of my seat. This is my first ever read by Tibby Armstrong, and I have to say, I loved it! I am definitely looking forward to the next book in the series!

* I received an ARC of this title via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.  All opinions are my own. *

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Stacking the Shelves & Sunday Post

Saturday, May 20, 2017

I am linking up again this weekend with Tynga at Tynga's Reviews for Stacking the Shelves and Kimberly at Caffeinated Book Reviewer for Sunday Post to share all of the books I picked up lately, share my posts for the past week, and also share what's coming up soon! 


Life lately:
I fell a little behind with keeping up with other blogs and commenting this week, but by the end I caught back up again.  It's been an interesting week.  My mom ended up in the ER because she twisted her knee, and ended up tearing something inside.  My father-in-law just lost his furbaby (15 year old cat), and he's been really down.  Sooo not too much great news, I guess....other than me getting a kid free night out with one of my friends tonight!  We aren't going too crazy.  She's just showing me her new house, but it's nice to get out and catch up sometimes.

I didn't go too crazy with books this week.  I saw Blood Guard and immediately requested it because Megan Erickson is one of my absolute favorite romance authors.  I may or may not have done a little celebratory dance when I was approved....don't judge! lol

My husband and I finally sat down a planned a quick little weekend getaway for ourselves.  He has a full week of vacation, and we have someone to watch our daughter for two nights, so we wanted to try for some nice alone time.  I'm so excited about the place we picked because: it's close so if something comes up we can get back to our daughter fairly quickly, it's a place that I've always wanted to stay, and it's surrounded by the outdoors.  I'm not sure if I've mentioned it before but I LOVE the outdoors.  We are going to go hiking, biking, and maybe kayaking!  I'm so excited!!  We also plan to take our daughter to a fun water park before we go.

Recently on my blog:
Waiting on Wednesday - Fireblood by Elly Blake

Coming up next on my blog:
Surrender the Dark by Tibby Armstrong
10 Books On My Summer Reading List
Feel Me by Cecy Robson - Excerpt & Giveaway
Waiting on Wednesday
What I'm Watching

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What have you read lately?

My Bookish Art: Black Widow

Friday, May 19, 2017

This is the third painting of mine that I've shared so far on my blog.  The first time I shared my art I showed you my Game of Thrones paintings (Daenerys and Jon Snow).  The second art post I shared was from The Notebook.  I decided to go a little bit of a different direction with my bookish art this time around, and share my painting of Black Widow from Marvel Comics.  Although, technically this portrait isn't really from the actual comics but from The Avengers movie so that may be cheating.  I'm a HUGE comic book nerd so I've done portraits of quite a few comic characters including: Iron Man/Tony Stark, Wolverine, Hulk, Groot & Rocket (from Guardians of the Galaxy),  Catwoman, and Nancy Callahan (Sin City).  I'm trying to decide which one to share next.

Other art posts:

What do you think?

Do you read comics?  If so, who is your favorite character?

Review: Hell & High Water by Charlie Cochet

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Title: Hell & High Water
Author: Charlie Cochet
Series: THIRDS, #1
Genre: Paranormal, Suspense, MM Romance
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Publication Date: July 7th 2014

When homicide detective Dexter J. Daley’s testimony helps send his partner away for murder, the consequences—and the media frenzy—aren’t far behind. He soon finds himself sans boyfriend, sans friends, and, after an unpleasant encounter in a parking garage after the trial, he’s lucky he doesn’t find himself sans teeth. Dex fears he’ll get transferred from the Human Police Force’s Sixth Precinct, or worse, get dismissed. Instead, his adoptive father—a sergeant at the Therian-Human Intelligence Recon Defense Squadron otherwise known as the THIRDS—pulls a few strings, and Dex gets recruited as a Defense Agent.

Dex is determined to get his life back on track and eager to get started in his new job. But his first meeting with Team Leader Sloane Brodie, who also happens to be his new jaguar Therian partner, turns disastrous. When the team is called to investigate the murders of three HumaniTherian activists, it soon becomes clear to Dex that getting his partner and the rest of the tightknit team to accept him will be a lot harder than catching the killer—and every bit as dangerous.

This series came highly recommended to me by multiple people so I decided to check it out.  This was the first book by Charlie Cochet that I've gotten to read, and I really loved it.  I will definitely be reading more from this author.  I'm a big fan of shifter novel, suspense, and kick ass agents, so I couldn't put this one down.  I ended up having to read it all in one sitting.  I don't want to give too much away from the plot so I won't go into that too much, but the story moved at a great pace and I was never bored.

I really love both of the MCs, but I can't handle how much I loved Dex!  He was a whirlwind everywhere he went.  He brought a lot of much needed positivity and laughter to the Destructive Delta unit.  He's witty comments and banter with not only Sloane but every other character had me smiling and laughing out loud many times.  Sloane was your typical brooding alpha male type.  He was the leader of Destructive Delta and was still healing after suffering the loss of his partner.  Dex drove him absolutely crazy at times but he also grew on him as the story went one.  There were only a couple steamy scenes between the two of them, but I loved the chemistry between them.

The big issue I had with this one was the mystery aspect.  I ended up taking away a whole star just for that.  The bad guy was way too obvious the entire time and was in plain sight.  I like a great mystery so I was a little let down.  Other than that I really enjoyed this one a lot...  Although I have to admit that I had no idea that there were so many books in the series (9 so far!), and that the first 4 books are mostly about Sloane and Dex and their building relationship before it finally moves on the some of the secondary character's stories.  Siggghhh...so basically I will probably have to buy the rest of the series because I need to know what happens. lol!  There is still a lot of mystery surrounding Sloane's character that I can't wait to find out.

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Waiting on Wednesday

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Waiting on Wednesday is a meme where we have the opportunity to let others know about books that we are eagerly waiting for.

Hosted by Breaking the Spine

Title: Fireblood
Author: Elly Blake
Series: Frostblood Saga #2
Genre: Fantasty, YA
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Releases On: September 12th 2017!

Find It On Goodreads

In this action-packed sequel to Frostblood, the future of Ruby's world and a court ruled by the love of her life depends on the uncovered secrets of her past..

Against all odds, Ruby has defeated the villainous Frost King and melted his throne of ice. But the bloodthirsty Minax that was trapped inside is now haunting her kingdom and everyone she loves. The answers to its demise may lie to the south in Sudesia, the land of the Firebloods, and a country that holds the secrets to Ruby's powers and past....

Despite warnings from her beloved Arcus, Ruby accompanies a roguish Fireblood named Kai to Sudesia, where she must master her control of fire in a series of trials to gain the trust of the suspicious Fireblood queen. Only then can she hope to access the knowledge that could defeat the rampaging Minax--which grows closer every moment. But as sparks fly in her moments alone with Kai, how can Ruby decide whom to trust? The fate of both kingdoms is now in her hands.

Why I'm Waiting: Yep, this is another week where I prove again how crazytown (as my sister says) I am and admit that I haven't read the first book yet, and I'm waiting for the second one to come out so I can read them together.  I realize there's going to be a third book so I figure by the time I'm done binge reading them both maybe the wait for the third won't be so bad....or it will be worse! lol!  Or I'll take so long to read them that the third will come out right as I finish the second one?  That's what I'm hoping for anyway.  I'm seriously a crazy person.  I can't stand waiting to know what happens. Does anyone else do this? lol

What books are you looking forward to?

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