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Book Review: The Blue-Ribbon Jalapeño Society Jubilee by Carolyn Brown

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From Goodreads:
Everything is calm in Cadillac, Texas until Aunt Agnes declares war on Violet Prescott, the president of the Blue-Ribbon Jalapeno Society, just in time for the annual jubilee. But after the festivities—and the hostilities—are over, it’s four friends who are left standing, proving once again that friendship is forever.

This book drew me in right away with its whimsical cover and southern flair title. The Texas locale was just right for these sassy ladies.

The story centers around Marty and her sister Cathy who are both part of The Blue-Ribbon Jalapeño Society along with a hilarious cast of characters. At first the book was a little overwhelming. We enter the story during a Society meeting and I really had to pay attention to who’s who and what the relationships are, which was more like work than fun. But, once I got the gist of how the characters relate, the story was enjoyable. What really stands out in this novel is not the main characters but the minor ones who add spice and laughter to the story. Aunt Agnes is priceless!

This book is chock full of scrapbooking, good southern food and a huge helping of southern sass. Of course, all is not well in this little Texas town where everybody knows your name and friendship and family ties run deep. Cat fights abound, there’s some spicy sex with exes and all shenanigans are done with the politeness only well-bred southern families can conjure.

A fun book that really takes friendships to heart.

This book was provided for review by Netgalley.

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Book Review: The Art of Seducing a Naked Werewolf by Molly Harper

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Just as fun as the first installment in Molly Harper’s Naked Werewolf series, The Art of Seducing a Naked Werewolf is sure to lighten your mood and remind you how much fun budding romance can be!

From Goodreads:
Baring It All Generations of werewolves have been secretly residing in a secluded valley a stone’s throw from Grundy, Alaska. So when a snooping Outsider comes to Grundy to investigate rumors of lycanthropic shenanigans in the area, the valley’s pack alpha, Maggie Graham, resolves to chase him away, even if doing so takes a quick bite on the butt. What a pity that researcher Nick Thatcher turns out to be so drool-worthy, and that his kisses make Maggie want to sit up and beg. Maggie just can’t seem to convince Nick to leave . . . and even worse, she can’t convince herself to stay away from him. Cross-species dating is problem enough for a harried alpha female, but on top of that, a rival group of werewolves is trying to move into the valley. With interpack war threatening, Maggie can’t afford to be distracted. Combining romance and a career can be tough for anyone; for a werewolf in love with a human, it may be disastrous. . . .

This installment in the series picks right up where the first left off. It gets a fresh take though by changing the perspective to Maggie. The great thing is we still get all the great characters from the first book. I was really skeptical about reading this, wondering if I would enjoy it since I really enjoyed the first and didn’t really want to move on from the main characters introduced. I got a pleasant surprise! I liked this one just as much!

We get introduced to some great new characters too. Maggie’s view gives us some insight into the pack hierarchy without being bogged down by technicalities.

All of the Maggie Harper books I’ve read so far have been fun reads. They’re easy-going, girly books that are perfect for a beach read or to get you through a winter slump. This book features the same recipe of a heaping amount of love, a sprinkle of sex, a dash of comedy and a little mystery.

Great book…great fun!

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Book Review: And One Last Thing… by Molly Harper


Book Review: And One Last Thing… by Molly Harper

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You can always count on Molly Harper for a light,witty read with strong heroines, sexy men and funny innuendos.

From Goodreads:
“If Singletree’s only florist didn’t deliver her posies half-drunk, I might still be married to that floor-licking, scum-sucking, receptionist-nailing hack-accountant, Mike Terwilliger.”
Lacey Terwilliger’s shock and humiliation over her husband’s philandering prompt her to add some bonus material to Mike’s company newsletter: stunning Technicolor descriptions of the special brand of “administrative support” his receptionist gives him. The detailed mass e-mail to Mike’s family, friends, and clients blows up in her face, and before one can say “instant urban legend,” Lacey has become the pariah of her small Kentucky town, a media punch line, and the defendant in Mike’s defamation lawsuit.

Her seemingly perfect life up in flames, Lacey retreats to her family’s lakeside cabin, only to encounter an aggravating neighbor named Monroe. A hunky crime novelist with a low tolerance for drama, Monroe is not thrilled about a newly divorced woman moving in next door. But with time, beer, and a screen door to the nose, a cautious friendship develops into something infinitely more satisfying.
Lacey has to make a decision about her long-term living arrangements, though. Should she take a job writing caustic divorce newsletters for paying clients, or move on with her own life, pursuing more literary aspirations? Can she find happiness with a man who tells her what he thinks and not what she wants to hear? And will she ever be able to resist saying one . . . last . . . thing?

This was a very fun, light, feel good summer beach read. The main character, Lacey, was witty and likable and it was fun to watch her give her two timing husband a run for his money.

I think you’ll really enjoy this one if you need a break from the heavy and want a change of pace. You’ll like this one if you’re a Sophie Kinsella fan too.

Also try Molly Harper’s, How to Flirt with a Naked Werewolf.

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Book Review: Eat Cake by Jeanne Ray

Eat CakeEat Cake by Jeanne Ray
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Ruth is a middle-aged stay at home mom whose life has been turned upside down by those dearest to her. In times of crisis, where does she turn? To cake!

Ruth has to deal with so much. Her husband has lost his job. Her teenage daughter has turned in to a brat and her aging divorced parents are living in the house. Needless to say, there are too many hand stirring the pot and it’s up to Ruth to sort it all out.

This story was a short, easy read that was sweet and poignant.

This is a story I think most of us can relate to in some way. Wether it’s dealing with a spouse who has lost their way, aging parents who need constant attention or teenagers who are in that “it’s all about me” stage.

It’s inspiring the way Ruth picks up the pieces and goes with it, helping herself and those around her deal with the sudden changes in their lives.

The sense of humor really came thorough. There’s a lot to be said for humor and how it can get you through some pretty rough patches. Ruth’s divorced parents had me laughing out loud. Their bickering was downright endearing.

I can’t even tell you how many times the word cake appears in this book. Half way through I had to stop and bake one. I just couldn’t get cake out of my mind. 🙂

A nice touch was that the author included some of Ruth’s cake recipes at the end.

Give this book a try. It may just inspire you! You will definitely crave cake!

My inspiration gave way to a caramel cake with coconut pecan icing. Yummy!

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