Favorite Sidekick Guest Post: ‘The Master’ by @tarasueme

There are so many fun sidekicks it was difficult picking just one. But after I gave it some thought, I decided on Goose from Top Gun.

It’s not easy being a sidekick. The focus is never on you, you never get the girl, you never save the day, and your best friend always gets the glory. But sidekicks are vital to a story. It’s through a sidekick that we come to understand the main character.

At times, it’s the sidekick who brings about the major change in the main character. Other times, the sidekick provides much-needed humor. They lighten a sad situation or perhaps bring just enough light to encourage the reader to go on. Continue reading

Review: ‘The Wizard of Oz’ by L. Frank Baum

Review: ‘The Wizard of Oz’ by L. Frank Baum

The Wizard of Oz

Author: L Frank Baum
Series: Oz #1
Book Genre: Children's Fiction
Pages: 240
Format: Hardcover
Source: Library
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five-stars
Join the wonderful world of Oz. Here is the original book that started the wonderful series and inspired the famous movie, in which Dorothy Gale is whisked from Kansas to the magical land of Oz where--with a Scarecrow, a Tin Woodman, and a Cowardly Lion--she sets off to find the illusive Wizard.

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Review: ‘Burn’ by Erin McCarthy

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Review: ‘Burn’ by Erin McCarthy

Burn

Author: Erin McCarthy
Published by Self-Published
Series: South Beach Bodyguards #1
Published on: January 5, 2016
Book Genre: Contemporary Romance
Format: eARC
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four-stars
When bodyguard Ryan Harris finds an intruder in his apartment, he’s shocked to realize it’s his former stepsister, Isabel Rodriguez. Naked. In his shower. Estranged from his father, he’s only met Isabel a few times, but he’s seen enough to be distracted and unnerved by how gorgeous she is wet and two feet away from him. And did he mention naked? But Isabel insists her name is Julia. It’s either a con or a case of amnesia. Either way, he can’t lay a hand on his stepsister… or can he? The rules have never stopped him before and they’re not about to now.

Isabel doesn’t know how she got into her stepbrother Ryan’s apartment, or that they’re related. She only knows that she feels safe with him. Not to mention very sexy given the way he looks at her. Determined to be underneath that rock solid body, she can’t seem to keep her clothes on around him, even when he tries to resist. When Ryan gives in to the sexual tension between them, there will be no forgetting this steamy night of passion.

No one knows why she’s lost her memory, but she can ignore the uncomfortable reality when she’s protected by Ryan and his hot-blooded strength. But when her memories come crashing back in, will the waves drown out stepbrother Ryan’s deepening feelings for her?

For fans of hot alpha heroes, bestselling author Erin McCarthy introduces her new series, SOUTH BEACH BODYGUARDS. In a city synonymous with sexy, the hot men of Miami Security will always protect your back with very personal one-on-one attention…

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Favorite Sidekick – Guest Post + Excerpt with @ceciliatan

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My Favorite Sidekick Guest Blog

To tell you who my favorite sidekick is we have to go waaaaay back in time in pop culture, to the days when the original Batman TV show was in reruns in my childhood. My favorite villain was Catwoman. I was only five or six years old but I was entranced by Catwoman. Yes, I was showing my interest in BDSM (and romance!) all the way back then. My best friend and I used to even play let’s pretend as Catwoman and Batman and take turns tying each other up in devious traps.

By far the best plot in the show, though, introduced a sidekick for Catwoman in the form of a girl (played by pop singer Lesley Gore of “It’s My Party” fame) in a fuzzy pink sweater and cat ears as “Pussycat.” And get this. Pussycat ENSLAVES ROBIN with a drug (catnip?) and Robin goes evil for two episodes. And Robin and Pussycat actually KISS. (This is all a warmup for Catwoman giving the same drug to Batman later and turning HIM into her slave! Hot stuff!) Continue reading

ARC Review: ‘By the Rules’ by Elisabeth Staab

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ARC Review: ‘By the Rules’ by Elisabeth Staab

By the Rules

Author: Elisabeth Staab
Published by Self-Published
Series: Evergreen Grove #3
Published on: January 19, 2016
Book Genre: M/M Romance
Format: eARC
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four-half-stars
He thinks I want him because of the rumors around town. Because I think he’s easy. I want AJ, because he’s AJ.

No liars. No suits. Absolutely no straight guys…

AJ Fabin’s list of rules keeps him safe. Since getting kicked out of his parents’ home and a vicious attack by a former escorting client, his rules and his life in the tiny town of Evergreen Grove provide a quiet haven. He may be lonely, and he may stick out like a sore thumb, but the folks like him well enough. When he’s not dodging his old pimp, things are peaceful.

Hayden Price is having a quarter-life crisis. Engaged to a woman he can’t connect to and working a job he secretly hates, he comes to Evergreen Grove to help his mother through a health scare. Returning to his childhood home makes Hayden re-evaluate a lot of things, including himself. When he meets AJ and finds he can’t stand the mouthy jerk—almost as much as he can’t stop thinking about him—he has a lot more to change than his career.

To be together, they’ll both have to break all of their rules.

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Library Book Review: ‘Ugly Love’ by Colleen Hoover

Library Book Review: ‘Ugly Love’ by Colleen Hoover

Ugly Love

Author: Colleen Hoover
Published on: August 5, 2014
Book Genre: New Adult
Pages: 337
Format: Paperback
Source: Library
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four-half-stars
When Tate Collins meets airline pilot Miles Archer, she knows it isn’t love at first sight. They wouldn’t even go so far as to consider themselves friends. The only thing Tate and Miles have in common is an undeniable mutual attraction. Once their desires are out in the open, they realize they have the perfect set-up. He doesn’t want love, she doesn’t have time for love, so that just leaves the sex. Their arrangement could be surprisingly seamless, as long as Tate can stick to the only two rules Miles has for her.

Never ask about the past.
Don’t expect a future.

They think they can handle it, but realize almost immediately they can’t handle it at all.

Hearts get infiltrated.
Promises get broken.
Rules get shattered.
Love gets ugly.

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