A Life Update

by Elizabeth on September 19, 2014 · 2 comments

in Adventures, life

Since April I…

…planted my garden

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…hid in my safe place with Caty because of bad weather

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…wondered why people don’t think I’m as awesome as I really am

…had my two best friends in town for a visit (the first time we’ve all been together since 2008!)

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…started going to yoga classes

…went to Chicago for MLA where I had some truly awesome stuffed pizza and some ridiculous pancakes

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…presented my very first paper at MLA without passing out or completely embarrassing myself

…went to Vancouver for the Special Libraries Association meeting to present a poster

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…got to get up close and personal with some amazing animals when I went whale watching in Vancouver

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…found an amazing new recipe, especially when topped with sliced steak (seriously, put it on your menu NOW!)

…had a terrific weekend with my three closest sorority sisters and celebrated an engagement (!!)

…lost my grandmother to Alzheimer’s

…yelled at the TV like a crazy woman during the World Cup (Forza Azzurri!)

…inventoried my library

…grew a monster tomato (it was bigger than a softball!)

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…spent lots of time cuddling with my Caty Cat

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…caught up on some reading

…marathoned The West Wing, Designing Women, The Vampire Diaries, Call the Midwife, Golden Girls, Bletchly Circle, and Burn Notice

…kicked off football season by making some Gameday Sliders

…helped keep a WalMart Neighborhood Market out of my neighborhood

…spent way too much time dancing to “Shake It Off”

It’s been a while since we all talked!  What have you been doing since April?

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(I’m back! Well, sort of. Let’s see how long I can stick with it. :) )

This month’s TBR Challenge was “recommended reads”.  I collect a lot of recommendations from friends and librarian colleagues, but I get most of my book recs from blogs.  A Night of Scandal by Sarah Morgan came highly recommended from two of my favorite romance book review sites, Dear Author and Smart Bitches, Trash Books.  This book was actually a Sizzling Summer Book Club pick way back in 2011 which shows you just how far back my TBR list goes.

I’ve read a couple of Sarah Morgan’s books before and I find her to be one of the few Harlequin Presents authors I actually like.  A Night of Scandal was well received by lots of people and recommended by multiple blogs, so I chose to read it this month.  If you remember from way back in January, I’m only reading books I already own for the TBR Challenge this year and there is no telling when I picked this book up.  I’m guessing sometime in 2012.  Yikes.

A Night of Scandal by Sarah MorganFirst up, the blurb:

Nathaniel…Icon. Celebrity. Heartthrob.

But underneath his movie-star good looks, he’s battling with the demons of his past. No one knows the real Nathaniel, they only see the pinup, the illusion he pretends to be.

Then one night he is forced to rely on Katie Field, an ordinary young woman from a very different world. She may be starstruck but she isn’t t blinded by the bright lights of fame.

Can Nathaniel trust her enough to reveal the real man behind the mask?

Let the seduction begin….

The most important factor in this review is that I read this book in one night. Presents’ are typically pretty short, but I read this one really quickly because the story clipped along and I was enjoying it.

Presents’ heroes tend to be super-alpha, sometimes bordering on alphole (alpha asshole), but I found Nathaniel to be pleasantly alpha with most of his surliness and standoffishness coming from his desire to protect his secrets rather than him just being a jerk.  Nathaniel has real, actual secrets that I didn’t find contrived and I actually understood his reasons for protecting them.  The secrets were revealed slowly rather than in a rush all at the end, which I really appreciated.

Katie was predictably innocent and optimistic, but the author made it a point to show that Katie was optimistic on purpose rather than just being naïve.  She had good reasons for being cynical but made a real effort to stay positive and be cheerful.  I liked that about her.  It’s difficult to maintain that kind of attitude and I thought it was realistically presented.  Katie wasn’t a pushover and she made her opinions known regularly.  I didn’t question her motives as I often do in these kinds of books

Harliquin Presents’ are often heroine-focused, but A Night of Scandal was really Nathaniel’s story.  He had lots of demons to overcome and I think at the end he was well on his way.  This is the first in a series of eight books so I imagine the other books are focused on the other Wolfe siblings dealing with their own demons relating to the ones Nathaniel had as well as a continued resolution to the problems encountered in this book.

I had fun with this book.  It wasn’t super angsty and the heroine wasn’t stupid (major downfalls in the Presents line).  The secrets were believable as was the resolution.  I didn’t think the “I love yous” were contrite or rushed and they felt genuine.  A good, quick read.

Final Grade: A-

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“I’ve Been Cheated”

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The End. Or Is It the Beginning?

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About a month ago The Carpenter asked if we could take a break.  He needed some time to “get his life together”. This was not unsurprising to me nor was it very upsetting.  We had been having problems on and off for over 6 months and things had gotten progressively worse since we returned from […]

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Adventures in Cruising

February 3, 2014

Almost a month ago, The Carpenter and I took a weekend cruise to The Bahamas.  And now I’m just getting around to blogging about it. :/ I thought I’d just share some pictures of our trip rather than turning this into the world’s longest blog post. We spent the night in Atlanta with The Carpenter’s […]

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Adventures in Snow and Ice

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It snowed in Alabama in case you haven’t heard.  And we reacted to it exactly like we always do: sheer and utter panic.  Except this time it was 100 times worse.  Why?  There are lots of reasons which I won’t go into.  If you’re interested in that sort of thing and/or you want to find […]

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Real Food eBook Bundle – 5 Books for $7.40!

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For readers who are overwhelmed by the idea of real food, unsure what steps to take in their kitchen and meal planning, or just looking for more delicious whole foods recipes, this bundle is packed full of value. With dozens of tips, hundreds of recipes and a complete 7-day meal plan, plus a shopping guide […]

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Weekly Wanderings

January 17, 2014

Things I found while wandering around the internet… Forever Young Adult: Best Books of 2013 {Looking for something to read?  Start here!} Tips on Using Google+ Effectively {With these new comment systems that use Google+, I should probably figure out how to use it. lol} What Really Happens When We Give Our Kids Everything They […]

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TBR Challenge: Short Shorts – The Witching Hour and Winter Rose by Nora Roberts

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It’s that time again!  Time for the 2014 TBR (to-be-read) Challenge! January is all about short books – short stories, novellas, category romances, and the like.  Last year I read a novella that had been sitting on my ereader for almost a year.  This year I tackled a print book that had been on my […]

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“The Best Year Yet” eBook Bundle – 5 Books for $7.40!

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BundleoftheWeek.com is back with all new bundles for 2014! Make this year your best year yet with this collection of ebooks designed to encourage and equip you to live intentionally. With daily prompts to help you get organized and set goals plus encouragement to simplify, unplug and go green, this bundle is the perfect way […]

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