As an avid reader of David Lebovitz’s blog, I knew that I wanted to add My Paris Kitchen to my cooking library as soon as it came out. His stories on life and cooking in France are funny, charming and delicious. I already have several of his dessert cookbooks in my kitchen and they are well used and well loved. While you may expect a former chef to be snobbish about food, Lebovitz is not. While he recommends getting the best ingredients you can afford, he isn’t stuck on labels or appearances so much shopping local and using what tastes good to you. My Paris Kitchen is a wonderful extension of Lebovtiz’s blog and is filled with funny stories and anecdotes about his life in Paris as well as over 100 recipes for modern French cuisine.
Posts Categorized: Book Review
I am a huge, huge fan of author Nalini Singh, with my favorites being her Psy-Changeling and Guild Hunters series of paranormal romances. The announcement of the Rock Kiss series was a bit of a surprise since she doesn’t usually write straight contemporary. While contemporary isn’t my favorite genre, I knew that if Nalini Singh was writing it, I had to read it. If anyone could turn this paranormal/urban fantasy lover into a contemporary convert, it would be Singh.
We finally get Reaver and Harvester’s story! If you’ve been reading this series, you know that their relationship is complicated, to say the least.
Overall I liked this one, but not as much as I thought I would. The pacing felt a little off at times and I didn’t like how a lot of Reaver and Harvester’s back story was told instead of shown to us. However, I enjoyed learning about the long history between Harvester and Reaver. They have both made mistakes with each other and both learn to forgive each other.
Shaw London has it all – or so it seems. A beautiful woman from a respected family and she’s on the fast track to medical school. The one thing she wants is the one thing she can never have. Rule Archer doesn’t play by anyone’s rules but his own. He thinks of Shaw as an annoying little sister until they both have a little too much to drink one night and suddenly Rule starts seeing Shaw in a totally different light. It’s a classic case of good girl meets bad boy but can these two seemingly opposite personalities work past their differences and find the love they both deserve?
Where’d You Go Bernadette is an epistolary novel told through emails, faxes, newsletters, FBI reports, handwritten notes and journals entries from various characters as they try to piece together the events leading up to the disappearance of Bernadette Fox. Bernadette Fox is an agoraphobic mother and former architectural genius who lives in a crumbling old school house with her precocious daughter Bee and her workaholic husband Elgin Branch. A few days before her family is set to go to Antarctica, Bernadette goes missing. The book is a collection of documents that Bernadette’s daughter Bee pit a together to try to unravel what happened leading up to her mother’s disappearance.
Jake is a Master at Shadowlands – a vet by day and Dom by night. Rainie is a sweet, smart sub who has purposely avoided contact with Jake. Unknown to Jake, Rainie knows him from a long time ago, when she was a shy and scared teenager. After being teased, Rainie’s runs from Jake’s home and into a situation that has her running away from home. Rainie vows to keep Jake in the dark about her past but, as he breaks down all her walls, she finds it harder and harder to protext her heart.
Ever since I read Marine for Hire (Front and Center #1) , I was hoping for a Mac and Kelli book. I was so excited to see that it was coming out that I pre-ordered it. This is big, since I don’t pre-order many books. When the book arrived, I started reading it immediately. I would have read it all night if I hadn’t had an early morning training. As it was, I stayed up too late and then felt like a kid again as I tried sneaking in chapters during the breaks and slows parts of the training. And when I did finally finish reading it, I went back and re-read all my favorite parts.
Normally I love a good tale of romance and estranged lovers, but Must Love Dukes was only so-so for me. I am still not sure why but I did not feel an emotional connection to either Lily or Devon. They were both pleasant characters but neither sparked a strong reaction from me. While they had plenty of chemistry in and out of bed, the rest of the plot dragged and I found myself skimming large parts of it.
Recently, I have been in a reading slump. I start books and don’t finish them. I have trouble with finding a connection to characters and I wonder if I will ever finish a book again. I reached out to a friend and asked her to recommend a favorite book. We have similar taste in books, particularly in the types of hero/heroines we like. Her response – Sweet Filthy Boy by Christina Lauren, author of the Beautiful Series. As part of full disclosure, I have not read the Beautiful Series. Something about that series never appealed to me.
I’ve been a fan of Judy Greer’s for a while now. While she may not be instantly recognizable to some, her acting resume is impressive and varied. She’s been in Thirteen Going On Thirty, The Wedding Planner, Arrested Development, The Village and 27 Dresses. One of my favorite roles of hers is Cheryl/Carol from the animated series Archer, in which she plays a psychotic railway heiress who likes auto-erotic asphyxiation, bobcats and country music. She often plays the best friend or kooky co-worker, which suits her well as she seems like she would be a really great girlfriend.