The Sunday Post #21-30

Welcome!

Welcome to another Sunday Post. Available as a podcast, this post is a chance for me to wrap up my week. Also a chance for you, my readers, to catchup on any posts you might have missed. So enjoy!

Books Reviews From Last Week

Dragon in the Mist by Julia Mills
Small Space Decorating
Unexpectedly Mated by Milly Taiden
Twisted Fate by Melanie James
There’s Snow Escape by Milly Taiden
Bond by Piper Scott and Virginia Kelly

Finally Thoughts

As COVID-19 cases are spiking again, do everything you can to be safe. The numbers here in Florida are appalling. From what I have read, over 90% are people who are unvaccinated. The ones who are vaccinated are experiencing milder symptoms.

At this point in time, anyone older than 12 years old is eligible to receive the vaccine. Please, if you haven’t already been vaccinated, take a look at your family and ask yourself if you really want to jeopardize their health?

Bond (Forbidden Desires Book 2)

A truly funny look at this world! Everard’s many food related pet nicknames for Harry will keep you in stitches throughout the entire book!

Adorably naive and shockingly brilliant Harrison Lessardi only needs two things in life: his pet iguana, Steve, and his undying love of science. That is until he witnesses his best friend lay eggs, and a third must-have strolls into his apartment—the sardonic and mischievous Everard Drake.

Everard Drake, celebrated doctor of the tremendously wealthy Drake family, has one goal in mind when he arrives at the scene of his youngest brother’s latest disaster: incinerate Harrison Lessardi. Unfortunately for Everard, the moment he spots Harry, incineration becomes an impossibility—he must have the gorgeous beta as his own, even if it means holding him captive on his estate.

But something else lurks behind Everard’s interest in Harry—something that tugs at Everard’s soul in impossible ways, and that will send Everard and Harry down a rabbit hole of discovery that will change the world as they know it.

An alpha and a beta can’t share a bond.

Can they?

The Reviews!

Erryn Barratt
5.0 out of 5 stars Magic Dragon Spunk, a Crumpet, and a good laugh (an audio review)
Reviewed in the United States on September 15, 2019
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Meatball, Plum Pudding, Chick Pea, Dumpling, Lamb Chop, Mellon Ball, Veal Cutlet, Tater Tot, Kumquat, Crumpet, Popsicle…

To say that Everard loves nicknames would be an understatement. Some guys use sweetheart, and baby – Ev uses food. Made me hungry. Well, except chick pea. Ick. But I digress. Ev’s nicknames for Harry are adorable because, almost from the start, there is real affection there. After all, Ev’s mission is to incinerate the little Beta, but he’s so taken by the guy that he brings him home – iguana Steve and all. Bond is the second book in the Forbidden Desires series by Virginia Kelly and Piper Scott. It takes place at the same time as the first book Mate, so some of the scenes are identical, just told from another character’s point-of-view. Sometimes I find this annoying but these books are so well-written and creative that I was eager to return to my favorite scenes.

Have I said this book was funny? Like laugh out loud funny. Like snort Diet Coke funny. So, warning – don’t drink soda or eat food while listening. The concept is clever, the execution is brilliant, and the dialogue is snarky. Oh, the beautiful snark.

And there’s Harry. He’s the roommate of the omega Iggy who just delivered three dragon eggs and has been spirited away by Alistair, a dragon. Everard, Alistair’s brother, is left to clean up the mess of the spiriting away – specifically the witness. When Harry discovers Everard is a dragon, the interrogation (also known as verbal diarrhea) begins:

Are you more like a serpent dragon or are you shaped like a dinosaur? Can you perform self-fellatio? Do you use your, uh, hand, claw…paw? Do you have tiny arms like some dinosaurs had? Is that why you won’t show me? I won’t make fun of your tiny arms, I promise, not even if you have itty bitty hands too. No matter what you look like, I’m sure you’re beautiful.

Just one of MANY examples of Harry’s innate curiosity.

I love Harry. He asks many of the questions I would love answered and a few I never would have thought of. He’s naïve and a little unschooled, but he’s a quick learner, much to Everard’s delight. But things aren’t all roses and chocolates because the dragon counsel is not going to like an Alpha Dragon mating with a Beta Human. And then more is discovered about Harry’s parentage. Well, all hell breaks loose. I won’t give away anything more because, frankly, the twists and turns are a good portion of the fun.

In case you couldn’t tell, I adored this book. I love good snark and when accompanied with a strong plot and amazing characters, you can’t help but have a great story. I have book 3, Mate all cued up and plan on listening to it next.

Of course any praise for this audio must include a huge shout out for Michael Ferraiuolo. He is the perfect choice. He has a great accent for the dragons that is imperious and dominating. His voice for Harry might be annoying to some, but it is so perfect for the little Beta who just wants to understand the world around him. This book was a joy to listen to and I’ll watch my Diet Coke consumption in the next audio.
Kindle Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Adorable and delicious
Reviewed in the United States on May 29, 2021
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Bond is second in Forbidden Desires MM Romance Series. HEA. Sweet and cute. PNR, fantasy. Dragons, Shifters, Mates, MPREG, Alpha-Omega. Each title features different main couple with familiar sidecharacters. Recommened reading in order for maximum enjoyment.

2 POV, 3rd person. Past tense. 338 pages. Kindle edition 11th November, 2018.

This one's about Iggy's - Nate's - bestie Harry and Alistair's brother Everard. And the Steve the Lizard. Let's not forget Steve!

In this title the overall plot thickens - well, starts to emerge and thickens. Bond is of even more hilarious bent than Clutch while still managing to be extremely sweet and cute. Romantic it's too. Harry is soooo totally adorable being nerdy. Everard finds previously unfound sides of himself as well as Harry too along his way into the HEA. The story's just as well written and fabulous. It's delicious and funny and such lots of fun. There's Hot Stuff, there's awesome romantic feels. It puts me in such a good mood. Both titles read consequently give such warm happy feels. Fabulously described good set of characters. Not a dull moment among the eggs and small dragons and their families and enemies.

5 star glowing for me. REC
R Keebler
5.0 out of 5 stars Harry is the best hero ever
Reviewed in the United States on November 12, 2018
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Harry has so many questions. He wants to know everything there is to know about dragons and their eggs. He also wants to know if when Everard eats him will he will taste better because he’s a virgin. Everard, tasked with taking care of the inquisitive beta soon realizes he really doesn’t want to roast Harry and eat him. At least not the roasting part.

This was such a happy story for me. I liked Harry in the first book. Fell in love with him in this one. If I was going to have a book boyfriend I think Harry’s the one. He comes across as a bit of an airhead but I think that was his game plan all along. Sucker Everard in and then pounce. These two together are wonderful. The nicknames, the wonder they create together, watching Everard slowly come to the realization that Harry is all he’s ever wanted. Oh, and we can’t forget Steve.

There’s Snow Escape: Paranormal Dating Agency #7

“I want what every woman wants. What I know I deserve,” she said. “I want to find happiness. I lived in a loveless marriage for too long, with a man who never really gave a shit about me. Who only saw me as someone to flaunt around his friends because our parents had money. He fell in love with my bank account. Not me.”

Curvy Charlotte Marzan just got invited to visit another planet. A shifter planet where her best friend is getting married to a lion king. If that isn’t strange enough, two panty-melting hot guys are looking at this big girl like she’s a piece of cake and they haven’t had dessert in years. She shouldn’t be interested, but…girls just want to have fun, right?

Brecc and Eros need a mate before the Elders force someone on them. They’re getting desperate and in the process hire Gerri to find them a woman. She delivers curvy, outspoken, and gloriously sexy Charlotte. Now they just have to get her to stay. Forever. Simple. Not.

When Charlotte’s visit turns from cool sightseeing to getting her freak on with two shifters, things take a turn for the naughty. She needs to figure out why Brecc is so distant and why the drama with the Dragos. Things escalate to the point she has to do her own growling to be heard. She’s about to realize when two wolves choose a mate, there’s no escape.

The Reviews!

What curvy girl wouldn’t love not one, but two hunks chasing her? I can definitely say, “Been there, done that.” Now, bring on the next couple!!

Nicole H. Vela
5.0 out of 5 stars Awe Hell!
Reviewed in the United States on July 29, 2015
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Charlotte Marzen,curvy,sexy and loving her curves. Nothing like embracing her best assets! Jilted by love, she feeling a little melancholy. Missing her besties more then anything she is on her way to Nova Aurora, there is no way she was missing the opportunity for a visit. The idea of a wedding and celebrating has her eagar! What she never expected was the two sexy men with the hungry looks in their eyes. Wow, that has her temperature rising and she heart fluttering in her chest. Jesus they are just devouring her with there stares..senual and carnal! She was no longer on earth and these men were decadent! The men were polar opposites and maybe that was just what she needed..raw carnality...
Brecc and Eros, two halves of a whole. Pale skin and white hair...they were the opidemy of sex personified. Brecc is brooding, rugged and virile and Eros, caring,sensitive and a nuturer everything Brecc wasn't,but they complimented each other. They were in sync, and attuned to her. The mens opjective to find there woman to complete there triad. And the first glances was all it took. They had to posses her..love her and mate her. The fact that she was curvy only added to their attraction..she would be their, she would be everything! Just if the men could convince her..
Milly Taiden has done it again. The storytelling and purrfect matchmaking. What really separates Milly Taiden from all the rest, the heart and soul she delivers in her books. Each one is better then the last. Is there anything she can't do? Skies the limit for one sexy, curvy girl who can write as no other! Beyond 5 stars! Can't wait for more!!
Teresa Lloyd
5.0 out of 5 stars The past should always be left in the past
Reviewed in the United States on August 15, 2015
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Wow Milly you did it again!! You have given us another great adventure with the PDA. Charlotte, Brecc, and Eros were very exciting, passionate, and just out of this world characters! ( literally ) lol I loved Charlotte's spunk, independence, and her love for her wolves!! The way she took what she experienced in life to show Brecc that the past was better left in the past! The way Eros love them both and helped bring their triad together! I have to say that I too live with a lot of what Charlotte lived with due to a past experience with a man! And she's right in many ways the physical pain does not compare to the emotional pain. And not easy to let go. I hope other will see what Charlotte and myself did not see before from reading this book. You have to leave the past in the past and you have to love yourself before you can expect anyone else to! Thank you Milly!
Nikki Lawson
5.0 out of 5 stars There's Snow Escape by Milly Taiden
Reviewed in the United States on July 29, 2015
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Steamy, sexy and thrilling, the Paranormal Dating Agency series just keeps getting better and better!!!! Charlotte travels to the planet Aurora to attend her best friend, Bella's wedding to the king, Alyx. While there, she agrees to give Gerri a chance to find her a mate (or two) and to travel around and see the planet. Charlotte becomes a guest of Brecc and Eros, the Alpha and Omega of the Ice Mountains. From the moment they laid eyes on Charlotte, Brecc and Eros knew she was the one for them, they only have to get past the walls she put up after being trapped in a hellish marriage to a man who belittled and insulted her for seven years. Time is limited since they have to complete their triad soon or get assigned a different mate by the elders, at the same time, tension between the Dragos and wolves are on the rise and everything seems to be coming to a head all at once. This series is fantastic and I can't wait for Vitker and Rebecca's story next!!!
*I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review*
Elizabeth E. Neal
5.0 out of 5 stars Three is their favorite number...
Reviewed in the United States on October 27, 2016
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For Charlotte, now that her best friend, Bella, is in love and getting married, it's like she's on a completely different planet. Oh wait, she literally is. LOL Charlotte, upon receiving a message from Bella through Gerri, Bella's former boss and matchmaker extraordinaire, is off to Aurora to visit Bella and be there for her wedding. Her mind is blown as she takes in the beauty, the uniqueness, that is Aurora. But the planet itself isn't the only thing capturing her attention.

Brecc and Eros, Alpha and Omega of the Ice Mountains, best friends, and wolf shifters, not only want a mate, but they need one, soon. Otherwise, the elders will take it upon themselves to find a mate for them, therefore completing their triad. Brecc and Eros are determined to find their own mate, someone they truly love and want to spend the rest of their lives with, instead of a woman that they had no say in being with. Plus, there's the issue they're having with the Dragos right now regarding the river. Not to mention, their once close friend, Vikter, is on one side of the fight, while they're on the other. But when they see Charlotte at Alyx and Bella's wedding, everything else fades because they know they've finally found her.

There’s Snow Escape on Goodreads

Twisted Fate: Twisted Tail Pack Book 5

Fates collide when they are tricked into a meeting by the infamous Gerri Wilder, owner of The Paranormal Dating Agency. Can they overcome their differences, or are they destined to destroy one another.

Ruby Jean St. James lives her life by the carefully crafted rules she created for herself. Do your job, keep your head down, and your emotions in check at all times. She works hard keeping her act together and avoiding certain people. Bad things tend to happen to those around her when she loses control.

Liam Olsen was blessed by the Gods in more ways than one. An ancient majik slumbers deep within him, waiting for the chance to wreak havoc on the one who dares to awaken the beast. More powerful than an ordinary shifter, Liam finds that the dark side of him knows no bounds.

The Reviews!

Oh yeah! This was so enjoyable and satisfying. I could barely keep from laughing 😂 while reading this book. Gerri has definitely done it again. This pairing is definitely one for the books!

Betty Olsen
5.0 out of 5 stars Gerri Wilder of the PDA Agency has struck again.
Reviewed in the United States on September 25, 2018
Gerri Wilder of the PDA Agency is asked to help find a mate for Liam, a Wolf Berserker of the Black Paw Pack. He is sent on a bogus errand to Cam's Diner to meet Calder, the Alpha of the Twisted Tail Pack, where he is going to meet his future mate. Ruby Jean works for her friend Cam at Cam's Diner and has the day off. Cam calls her in for a bogus emergency. Gerri called Cam and told her of the plan. When Ruby Jean, a she-wolf with majik powers walks in, she know right away her mate is there. Liam knows she is his mate too! She runs because she wants to save Liam from her majik which has killed people. Liam needs his mate and the chase is on. Will Liam catch up and will she accept her mate? Loved this exciting, action packed, suspenseful, sexy romance and highly recommend it.
Crystal Watson
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wow Twisted Fate is so good.
Reviewed in the United States on September 27, 2018
I absolutely love this series. This is Liam and Ruby story. Ruby Jean has been through so much it has caused her to lose control over the magic inside. When Gerri Wilder steps in well let's just say fate will not be denied. Liam is having issues that he doesn't understand. When he gets sent to see the neighboring alpha at the diner things come into focus. Ruby Jean kills everyone who gets to close she must run to save her mate.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Visitor, A Meeting and Conclusions
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on December 25, 2020
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Wolf shifter Ruby Jean is a little envious of her newly mated friends and both longing for and fearing finding hers because of her prior history.

Liam, a member of the Black Paw Pack is not sure what was wrong with him. His Alpha, Rafe saw the problem and sends him to the Twisted Tail Pack with a fake message.

On seeing r stranger, Ruby Jean afraid of a repeat of her past leaves her mate and pack, going on the run. Liam is angry at those who have upset his mate, before setting off to find her. There are a few minor problems to solve before the ends well.

Unexpectedly Mated: Sassy Mates Book 3

Great continuation of the story. Gotta love this group of friends. They stick together through thick and thin. Looking forward to reading more.

After years of lusting over Jake Wolfe, Nicole finally got a taste of the dirty-talking bad boy. During the scenting ceremony, he showed her how explosive things can be between them. But Nicole doesn’t do love. She doesn’t even know what love is. So how can she know if a relationship with Jake would be the right path to take?

Jake Wolfe wants Nic more than his next breath. She’s curvy, mouthy and so hot his blood boils just thinking of her. But Nic’s been keeping him at a distance. And Jake is tired of her games. One fateful trip to Sin City and all bets are off.

After a fun night of drinking, Nic wakes up married to Jake and with a second shifter wanting her for himself. She’ll have to finally face the feelings she has or shut them out forever. Their newly formed bond will either allow her to open her heart to love or leave Jake without a mate to call his own.

The Reviews!

Nicole H. Vela
5.0 out of 5 stars Undeniable
Reviewed in the United States on November 9, 2014
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Book 3 of sassy mates, is everything I could possibly want in a book, was laughing, crying and the pack dynamics(Nicole's horrible parents)is always a mystery to me, but loving the fact a family can embrace you no matter what!Gave the book 5 stars, the storyline is original and fresh and stays true to the series. Milly constantly amazes me, every series is different, sexually explicit as they are they are in no way trashy..highly addictive and mesmerizing all in one book! Nicole Acosta,has pined over and fantasized over one smoking hot wolf, he is virtually untouchable but the temptation is seductive and addicting! This club and his wayward heart has her retreating, it could never be..he is a womanizer and has many woman coming out of the woodwork! Nicole realizes she has never had love of a family or of a good man, will it ever change?Can this just be a show?He could never want her,could he? Jake Wolfe has lusted and dreamed of Nicole, the sexy smoking hot woman calls to the wolf.Everything about her has him turned on, he is ready, to claim and mate.But is it enough, to sustain a loving caring relationship, sex is sex but love? Jake is playing for keeps, and a trip to Sin City has him tearing down the wall around her heart.When stakes are high can these two bet on love and win?And when another wolf shows interest ,what will become of the lovers. We see a shewolf digging her claws, and protecting her own and finally releases the baggage! This book has hot sexy wolves, insatiable appetites and desires and everything that you can possibly think of in a fascinating,captivating series..it's a must-read read. Milly Taiden has her reads enchanted in another world!
Theresa Esterline
5.0 out of 5 stars Sometimes the best things in life are the unexpected surprises!
Reviewed in the United States on July 31, 2014
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The Sassy Mates are back again with a whole new twist this time! This is book 3 in the series, be sure to check out the first two before reading this one. So this books starts off at the same point as the first two, at the scenting ceremony. If you are like me and love Milly's hot and sexy starts, this one will not disappoint 😉 Then we fast forwards to a few months later, reminding us of what has happened to Jordan and Karla in the first two books before continuing on! Book 3 focuses on Jake and Nic, you can expect hot & sexy scenes, comic relief, frustration at the evil scum, and lack of communication - what more could you ask for! Nic has a very cold mother and step-father, who only are looking for fame and power, they never have shown Nic love so when she finally starts to feel something for Jake she is so confused! And now a bit about the story...

Jordan is worried about the plans for her upcoming wedding, after the attacks on her and Ellie she is nervous, and now she has to plan this gigantic wedding. Nic comes to the rescue with the idea of heading to Vegas for a girls only bachelorette party to take her mind off everything. It will also let her to see her sister too, she will unfortunately have to see her parents too, but what is one dinner in a long trip to Vegas? Especially after she gets smashed and pulls one of the standard Vegas tricks. Little does she know that trick is what will save her life and her heart!

Favorite passages:
- “My kids think there was some sort of miracle conception where they’re concerned.” She shrugged her shoulders and smiled at Kel. “If only they’d realize it took a lot of growling and spanking to actually get each of them.”
- “I’ll tell him that if he hopes to get any kind of a long lasting relationship with you he better do more than make your panties wet.”
- “You belong to me.” His evil smile grew wide. “You’ve been bought and paid for, little one.”
- “You got chocolate and coffee? I might let you seduce me all over again for some of that.”
- “Cut it out. You know you’re hot. All those tattoos can drive a woman wild in all kinds of ways. Let’s not forget the sexy ass.”
- Ellie shrugged. “You know what they say, whiskey gives you balls.” She passed him a shot. “Here, have one. Maybe then you’ll grow some too.”
Fran
5.0 out of 5 stars Milly Taiden delivers again with Unexpectedly Mated!
Reviewed in the United States on August 21, 2014
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Overall Rating: 4.5 Rockin’ ★★★★☆

From the moment that Nicole met Jake Wolfe’s eyes it was lust, love at first sight. For eight years it was the battle of the sexes between the two of them with neither one the winner until the night of the scent ceremony. Since the night when Jake had claimed her as his mate, eight weeks had passed and Nicole had done her best to avoid him. She looked at Jake as a player, a man-whore, someone that would never settle for one woman and only one woman. The fact that he owned a strip club that had women paying shifters to strip really set Nicole’s jealousy button off. Everything about him made her feel insure and the fact that he had not stated how he felt about her didn’t help at all! Did they even have a relationship?

Nicole was driving him insane! He had waited eight years before claiming her as his mate during the scenting ceremony and what good had it done? She still would not accept him and avoided him at all cost. He was delegated to watching her from a distance more or less like a stalker. When he heard that the girls were going to Vegas to get away and relax it sounded like a good idea until he got a call telling him that another man had approached his mate. Not in this lifetime, he had waited long enough and it was time to complete the mating!

Jake has his hands full convincing his stubborn mate to accept him. Can Nicole see beyond the surface and see the real Jake? Will the war that is brewing between some of the shifter factions pour over and drag them under? Read this action packed, sexy novel and discover the World of the Wolfe family and their feisty mates.

Hero –Jake Wolfe: 4.5 stars
Heroine –Nicole Acosta: 4.5 stars
Steam: 5 stars
Plot: 4.5 stars
Cliffhanger: No

Would I recommend this book: Yes! If you want to read about a strong Alpha female and a sexy hot Alpha male this book is definitely for you! This book is filled with romance, lust, hot sex and conflict between the Alpha male and a sassy female.

Would I recommend this author: Yes! I have read all of Ms. Taiden’s books and cannot wait until her next book hits the book shelves. She writes phenomenal paranormal romance!
MaryLou Hoffman
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5.0 out of 5 stars SASSY LOVE
Reviewed in the United States on February 24, 2015
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Title: UNEXPECTEDLY MATED
Series: Sassy Mates #3
Category /Genre: Paranormal Romance
Recommended for: 18+ due to sexual content
Received from: Amazon purchase
Grammar/editing: B – a few small errors

This is the third book in the Sassy Mates series. They do need to be read in order.

The first time Nicole met Jake, she was visiting her friend Ellie. She opened the wrong door and there he stood, naked and wet from the shower. Nic lusts for Jake. Jake knows that she is his mate, but Nic doesn’t understand how to love and Jake refuses commitment. Ah, but the social lubricant known as alcohol in the City of Sin leads these two down to the altar. When you get out of the way of your brain and let the heart lead, wonderful things can happen. Of course, some not so wonderful things can also happen and they will need to be handled.

Starting at the scenting ceremony once again, we are introduced to more of the personalities of Nicole and Jake. Their passion is smoking hot. Finding out about Nic’s family and the type of people they are, certainly does help to put her personality into perspective. I’m just glad that they hadn’t destroyed the fierce warrior that she is. She stands up for herself and I was cheering every step of the way.

In each of the previous books, I mentioned a theme. So, I will try with this one. In fact, I think there are two: ‘be true to yourself’ and ‘allow yourself to be happy.’

Milly Taiden never fails to deliver sassy, BBW girls and hot, alpha, protective men. I love this series. First there was Aric and Jordon. Then Nathan claimed Karla. Now Jake has finally gotten his Nicole down the aisle. Ellie has four brothers. Three have found and claimed their mates in spectacularly different ways. I can’t wait to see how Mason corrals his chosen sassy girl!

Small Space Decorating

When I was a young girl, we lived in a 3 story house in town. My dad loved to decorate the house for Christmas as did my mom. We had lights in every window. My mom had some kind of decoration everywhere in the house that she could.

Run time forward to today. Hubby and I live in a small trailer. Neither one of us like cleaning so the size fits us just fine. However, I still like to decorate for the season. So I have had to adjust my decorating ideas to fit my space.

The Front Door

Most of us have lovely Christmas wreaths to hang of our front door. What about the other seasons?

This is a perfectly nice wreath for spring but it wasn’t quite what I wanted. So I tried making my own.

I took a basic woven wreath, covered it with ribbon. Then I used my Cricut to make the flowers to glue on. It ended up hanging on the inside of the door.

Again, I started with a basic woven wreath. Only this time I wound a pair of flower garlands around it. Simple but looks good. Something anyone can do.

The Dinner Table

Most people have something as a centerpiece and tablecloths are easy to change.

Last year my husband surprised me with a Crystal Swan and a Crystal set of candleholders. They are beautiful and so very versatile to decorate with. Both are available from Amazon.

It started with filling the swan with ornaments and using red candles at Christmas. Quick change of candle color and add flowers. At the same time I switched the table coverings. Chargers are inexpensive and another way to change the look. Chargers can also serve another purpose. If you have a messy eater, they will catch the food that otherwise would have dropped on the table. The final change is dinnerware. I actually have different sets for different seasons.

Look Around The House!

Take a look around your home. Are there any other places where a small decoration can go? I’m not talking about the massive displays of knickknacks that I remember as a child. Our one home had a build in book shelf that my mom filled with knickknacks. It was my task once a week to go through and dust all of them! In today’s fast paced world, that’s not going to happen.

However, there are other options. Take a look at these pictures. After the season, I pack them up and put them away. It keeps things around the house looking fresh.

Don’t let the fact that you don’t have as much room as others stop you from decorating and enjoying your space. It’s your home, make it reflect your family!

Dragon in the Mist: Dragon Guard Series Book 26

One small voice in the dark…
One tortured plea for help…

Two hearts beating as one…
Two lives hanging in the balance… 

Three seconds to decide between life and death…
Three simple words that changed everything… 

“Please help me,” she cried.
Now, it’s out of the mist and into the fire.

Nice! Nice to see the first mention of the Beserkers. Uther is a long lost member of the Enforcers. Mara is the unwilling host to Thanatos. She is also Uther’s mate. What a combo!

The Reviews!

	Sharon Richmond
5.0 out of 5 stars Sweet, Loved it
Reviewed in the United States on November 30, 2017
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Dragon in the Most (Dragon Guard Series Book 26)
by Julia Mills. 5 Stars

Sweet, Loved it.

I'll never tire of reading about the Dragon Guards or the Beautiful language and verses they use towards the women they Love.

Talk about moving, literally the earth to get to your soulmate after 100 years to protect her. Wow!! Now that's what you call a Awesome Man!! Or Dragon!!

Uther, the Sky Dragon known as the Avenger hears the call from his mate from above, nothing, not even the black magic that trapped him will stop him or his Dragon, their mates call for help. From beneath the surface to a roaring volcano Uther is on a mission, Woo hoo.

Mara is the witch that has been trapped inside herself while the demon Thanatos uses her soul and body for evil. What he makes her do is horrible. Her mate is the only thing she hopes and prays will hear her call for help.

Another fantastic story you must grab, it will be well worth it.

I have voluntarily read and reviewed an Advanced Reader Copy of this book by it's author.
Reviewer for Nook Books and More Blog.
Gwen
VINE VOICE
5.0 out of 5 stars Reunited
Reviewed in the United States on April 15, 2018
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Uther, also known as the Avenger.
A.K.A. and Enforcer literally claws his way to the surface of having been buried alive after hearing the voice of his mate Mara calling to him.
Talked about determined.
All it took was hearing her voice and he was out of there!

Mara has been living in hell. Almost literally.
She was first controlled by Cleland and is now being possessed by the demon Thanatos.
Mara wants her torment to end.
The things she's been made to do.
The horrors.
Mara feels that there's no coming back for her.
She will forever be tainted.

Uther says otherwise.
So do her sisters and mother.
The McKinnon's have not given up on bringing Mara back to them.
Will Mara, her sisters, Uther, and the guardsmen finally rid themselves of Thanatos once and for all?
Betty Olsen
5.0 out of 5 stars Just have to love these Dragon Guardsmen!!
Reviewed in the United States on November 29, 2017
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Uther, a Star Dragon and Guardsman, has been buried for 100 years, when he hears her voice calling for help. She happens to be Mara, a witch who is under the spell of an evil Demon. She also happens to be Uther's mate. With the help of Uther's Dragon King, Brennus, he manages to escape his silver coffin which has been his prison . Now he has to find his mate and the story unfolds.
What an imaginative, a little dark, edge of your seat and emotional roller coaster ride this story is. Grabs you in from start to finish! Has magic, suspense, romance and a special jaguar, named King. Just loved this book as I do all of the Dragon Guard series!! Bravo Julia!!
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VINE VOICE
5.0 out of 5 stars Just gets better! Sweet story between Uther and Mara
Reviewed in the United States on January 6, 2018
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Seriously....#26 and still going strong with this series. Just gets better! Sweet story between Uther and Mara. Man you just cant help but feel for that woman. Trapped in her own body and doing such terrible things and having no control. Will her Dragon mate be able to hear her call and save her? Being trapped himself surrounded by Black Magic...will he allow that to stop him? Hmmm guess you should read and find out! 🙂

The Sunday Post #21-29

Welcome to another Sunday Post. My apologies for missing last week, it’s been a little hectic around here. In the interest of catching things up, I’m just going to list the books and link to the review.

Now, of course, if you are listening to the Podcast, I will, as always, include the complete review. Hopefully this won’t happen again

Books for the Past 2 Weeks

Dragon Got Your Tongue by Julia Mills
Scent Of A Mate by Milly Taiden
Bibiophile Bullies
Her Twisted Heart by Melanie James
Tall, Dark and Panther by Milly Taiden
Pinch of Sass by C. D. Gorri

Fury by Julia Mills

A Mate’s Bite by Milly Taiden
Twisted Desire by Melanie James
The Alion King by Milly Taiden
Clutch by Piper Scott and Virginia Kelly

Clutch (Forbidden Desires Book 1)

Bookish, snarky, and fiercely independent Nate Boudreaux leads a solitary life. Between teaching classes at the university and working toward his PhD, he doesn’t need a partner to occupy his time, and he certainly doesn’t need a man like Alistair Drake complicating his future.

Alistair Drake, black sheep of the tremendously wealthy Drake family, is more interested in adding another notch to his bedpost than another zero to his bank account. When a Grindr message brings him to Nate’s doorstep, then straight to his bed, he has no reason to believe that what they share will be more than a simple hookup, until, three months later, a tug on his soul informs him otherwise.

For the Drake family has a secret—one that will force Nate and Alistair together as much as it will demand that they be torn apart. One that Alistair and his brothers have carried all their lives… and one that Alistair and Nate’s future children will carry, too.

Bound to each other by three precious impossibilities, Nate and Alistair have no choice—no matter the consequence, they must fight for their forbidden clutch.

This is a M/M Omegaverse series. Enjoyable and funny. The Alphas are all Dragon Shifters, the Omegas are all human, or are they? The interaction between Alpha and Omega will stick with you! Try not to laugh out loud, I Dare You!

The Reviews!

L.D.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Society of Dragons
Reviewed in the United States on December 27, 2020
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Clutch is the first book in the Forbidden Desires series, and an amazing way to start a new series. The series is set within a world very similar to our contemporary world, however, within this universe there are alphas, betas, and omegas as well as a hidden dragon population.

The hidden dragon society have their own laws and social norms, and one of those rules is to not get a random omega pregnant without the approval of the dragon council. Alistair breaks that rule when he hooks up with Nate, aka Iggy, after matching on a dating app. Iggy has to figure out how the dragon world works while caring for his offspring and falling in love with Alistair. There is so much humor, snark, and incredibly sexy moments throughout this book. The writing combo of Piper Scott and Virginia Kelly is electric—they are both great writers on their own and together they have created a fascinating and enjoyable story.

The audiobook was narrated by Michael Ferraiuolo who did a fantastic job. I love Michael’s voice and always enjoy his audiobook performances. He really nailed the personalities of each character and I was totally engaged with the story. The audiobook production was well done and I enjoyed this book immensely.
Mommainthezoo
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing start of a series, amazing writing collaboration!
Reviewed in the United States on October 14, 2018
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Piper Scott and Virginia Kelly have a winner on their hands! This is book one of what I can already tell will be an AMAZING series! This one gives you everything: sex, mpreg, eggs (or meggs) and dragons! What more could a reader want?!?

You also get a developing story of true love, and family - both created and blood. I love how the story builds, and you can see the sub-plots developing to become more stories.

Nate and Alistair start like most guys, through a one-time hook-up. What happens next is nothing short of amazing. Nate gets pregnant, lays eggs (because you know - dragons), Alistair rescues them, and Nate and Alistair fall in love. Along the way there is trouble with the dragon council, family, friends and a pig that becomes a pet instead of breakfast. But you never loose sight of the fact that they most important ingredient in this book is love.

This book perfectly sets up the next in the series, and if I'm honest, at least one other.... and I can not wait for those!
Morgan Kindle Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars - 4 stars -
Reviewed in the United States on August 18, 2020
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This is my second time reading and listening to this book. I have read a couple of mpreg books before, but this is the first series I have read that is an mpreg with Dragon eggs/egg laying and the concept is rather interesting to me. I don't know if I have a preference of which type of mpreg I like (egg laying vs. Human child), but I might prefer the egg laying because - at least in this series - the omega isn't saying "I hate you and this is all your fault that I'm suffering through this pain" during labor. Which I find it sad and rubs me the wrong way when I read someone say that as having a child is a 2 person process and it's something that you should want together, despite the pain and discomfort it brings. Also, the whole giving birth scene just seems to be more tolerable for me to read at times when it's about laying eggs and not about giving birth to a child.

* Spoilers *
I don't think I have a whole lot to say about this book. I did enjoy reading it and there wasn't a whole lot of angst as despite a few ups and downs, everything went pretty smoothly. I am curious if Nate will finish whatever he was doing at school at some point. Also, I am curious on if Nate and Alistair will have another clutch at some point in their lives. Can baby dragons be female alphas? Nate had named one of his baby dragons Malory and I thought that was more of a girls name than a boys name, but who knows. I am also curious with just how big their new house is, which I am guessing it's probably big, but not as big as what Ev and Sebastian have.
I did enjoy both Nate and Alistair as characters, but I felt like Alistair was very negative towards himself except towards the end. I'm guessing it's from all the other dragons - mainly his family - belittling him on who he is and what he does with his wealth. It kind of didn't make sense on what Ev meant by that Alistair always got himself into trouble and so on, when it was never stated how he got into trouble in the past and on what he even did to get into trouble. And if Alistair was brought up with his family constantly saying stuff like that to him, it's no wonder he kept looking down on himself, on what he had, and considering himself a failure as a dragon. I am relieved that Nate was perfectly happy with what Alistair had - and with who he was - and simply wanted to be with Alistair and their eggs/baby dragons and nothing more. Material possessions were pretty much bonuses for Nate. I do find it interesting and somewhat amusing that once Alistair started making more money and Nate saw what Sebastian and Perry had in their hoard with the bed, that he wanted something better than Alistair's throne in their new hoard. But it's understandable that he would have a few suggestions of what he wanted in their new home. I'm not exactly sure If I liked the whole "I provide for you" dynamic Alistair had towards Nate as it did make their relationship feel a bit unbalanced at times - mainly in the epilogue - but if their happy with it than it is what it is. I am looking forwards to rereading Harry and Ev's story again. The last time I read this series I only got to the beginning of book 3 and stopped because it just seemed stressful with the whole forbidden relationship, but this time around I plan on finishing this series. I am curious if we will see all of Alistair's siblings, since he said he had seven (?) other siblings (or maybe he said there was seven of them in the family?) But so far we've seen Ev, Sebastian, and Geoffrey, so I'm curious on who we will see next out of the siblings.

*Narration*
The narration definitely heightened my enjoyment of the story. At times it was a little hard to tell who was speaking, but that only happened occasionally. There was a couple other issues I had, but weren't exactly too big of a deal. In the beginning when Alistair is telling Nate repeatedly to nest so that he can heal him and also allow Nate to calm down, more than once it sounded like the narrator was saying rest instead of nest, except for maybe the very last time Alistair said to nest. So that whole nest and rest mix up was a bit confusing. Another time the sentence that Alistair had spoken was completely cut off from the audio, so it would sound a little odd if you weren't reading along, even though it was a very long sentence and the meaning of it was pretty much repeated after he had said it. And then the narrator accidentally said siblings instead of hatchling towards the end of the book, which it also has the same meaning in that moment. So basically the issues I had aren't really that big of a deal for me and it's probably just me being nitpicky.

Overall, this is a pretty good book and I would recommend it to other people if they were interested in this genre with mpreg.
Joelle M
5.0 out of 5 stars Yes. Yes. A million times yes.
Reviewed in the United States on May 13, 2019
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I can't even tell you how much I love this book. I couldn't stop reading and finished it in one sitting. I love that it literally started out with a bang and just kept going. There was never a dull moment and I couldn't help but fall in love with Nate and Alistair. They were so funny and sweet. Nate's friend Harry was totally adorable. His excitement was contagious. Alistair's brother Ev was a jerk to everybody but not with Harry. I can't wait to see where that goes. But I really loved seeing Nate with his eggs. His emotions were zinging all over the place at first but then he got fiercely protective. It was adorable. I loved seeing his bond with them grow. There were some really cute moments with them. I loved how Alistair's brothers were incorporated into the story and I hope we get to see more of them. I honestly can't get enough of these guys. I already want to go back and read this book again

The Alion King: Paranormal Dating Agency #6

This was the kind of sex she’d only dreamt of—a man who wanted her body so completely he lost control for her. That was all good, but it was the way he kissed her, so tender and loving, the way he stroked her body like she was a goddess, that shoved a lump into her throat.

Isabella Barca is great at organizing—not so great at keeping her nose out of trouble. When Bella goes to work as Mrs. Wilder’s assistant, the opportunity of a lifetime pops up: travel with Gerri to another planet, a shifter planet, and help Gerri find a lion king his mate.

Alyx Treyvaal isn’t known for being patient. A lion doesn’t ask for help. A lion doesn’t apologize. And he most certainly does not purr. But once he meets Bella, he finds himself doing all of the above…except for purring. He will not purr.

With wolves stirring all kinds of trouble for them and a cousin who would like to shred Bella to ribbons, things are not simple for the couple. Not at all. One thing’s for sure, when his mate is taken and threatened, the entire planet will hear the lion king’s roar.

The Reviews!

Adorable!

So fantastic and enjoyable. I loved this pair. The interactions between them were enough to make me laugh 😆 out loud.

Nikki Lawson
5.0 out of 5 stars The Alion King by Milly Taiden
Reviewed in the United States on July 10, 2015
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Sexy, witty and funny, this series just keeps getting better and better. Alyx is a lion shifter and King of the planet Aurora, he needs to find a mate, his Queen, before his birthday or a new king will take his place. He calls Gerri to help match him to his mate but has to apologize first since he told her he could find his own mate without help, which was an epic failure. Gerri and her new assistant, Bella, arrive to help the stubborn King find his Queen. Bella has curves in abundance and has learned to love herself and demands any man she is seeing to do the same. She goes with Gerri on what should be an awesome adventure to the shifter planet. She meets Alyx and is immediately captivated by him and visa versa. Alyx pretends to be a normal guy, not the King, so Bella can get to know him for himself and not rely on preconceived notions on royalty to color her thoughts about him. Their romance in Hot and Alyx goes from a completely stubborn 100% alpha male with no compromise to a sweet, super romantic alpha male while around Bella, but there is a threat to Bella in the castle, a woman who thinks she should be Queen and needs Bella out of the picture to do so. I love this series and can't wait for Bella's best friend Charlotte's story!! Keep them coming!
Shweet Sandi
5.0 out of 5 stars Out of the World HOT
Reviewed in the United States on July 13, 2015
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Milly doesn't disappoint!!! If you have not read Books 1`-5 in the PDA series
That is Paranormal Dating Agency Series grab Twice the Growl which is book one and get caught up, Each book is a stand alone BUT you will understand more about shifters, Gerri, the agency and how each of the characters play off each other if you read the other books in the series.Believe me they are short read and very well worth it. I own every one and when I want a smile or want to get to have a good time with my hunny, we pull up one or two of the PDA books and read them together, They are hot as hell and pantie melting for sure. You might have some laughs in the books but you will always and I do mean ALWAYS come always dripping wet.

I was so happy to see that Bella was Gerri's new assistant and wondered when she left her all alone in the new place to unpack, You know when you tell someone to not touch something...that is the one thing they are sure to touch, OH YES. This book is literally out of this world hot. I have waited and waited for someone to explain to me where shifters have come from and Milly does in this book, I like the explanation quite well and look forward to out of this world match making from Gerri.
I am not one to talk about a book's storyline so you will not see me say much other than I was greatly impressed with the wording. I could see this world with my eyes like I was there. The castle in all it;s uniqueness. I really enjoyed this book and look forward to Book 7 in this series and more PDA.
Thanks for a great start to my weekend.
Bambi
5.0 out of 5 stars I would travel to meet this lion
Reviewed in the United States on July 10, 2015
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WOW I love this book series. Milly Taiden has took me to a whole new adventure and world with her Alion King. With out a doubt no one write write sex like the Smut Queen. I am always ready for the next book as soon as I read the new one. Opening up a whole world of shifters and giving them a background that I found a neat idea. Isabella and Alyx have a great non stop story and look forward to many more.

She snorted a giggle. “Have you seen Gerri? She’s going to make it her business to get that guy a woman, whether he likes it or not.” His lips pressed into a tight, thin line. “I know. She’s very hardheaded.” “Ah, don’t be angry. I’m sure whatever she does, he’s got coming. She mentioned he was a pain in the ass.” “Oh, the king is definitely a pain in the ass,” he agreed

Isabella has watch Ms. Wilder match up her 2 best friends and now working for the the Paranormal Dating Agency as her assistance takes her on a adventure she would have never believed. Who would have thought that shifter's had their own planet and she would be going to help the match maker extraordinaire. She could probably never in here wildest dreams there are Aliens but a A lion alien just may be to much...

Alyx Treyvaal the High Council demanding he get a mate has forced him into asking for help from the one woman he has told for years he doesnt need it. Now he has no choice tired of meeting woman that his lion wants nothing to do with his best friend sends out the call. Mrs Wilder can you help the King find his Queen? Or should he come to Earth and look for his self?

How can Mrs Wilder say no but she can make the stubborn man wait and worry.

Can Bella find a place she belongs?

Or will Alyx mess it all up in his attempt to make her see more than the King?

She gulped, forgetting what she was going to say momentarily when her gaze collided with a giant. Holy s***. It was Bigfoot! And Bigfoot was sexy as hell. Weren’t giants supposed to be ugly? She could tell the man was so tall she’d need a ladder to get up close and personal with his face.