Prince’s, Thieves, and Birthday Girls!

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I definitely got bit by the Spring bug. I’ve been gardening up a storm! Last weekend we went out and got some plants for my tortoise, Hailey’s, enclosure. My neighbor who practically has a botanical garden in her backyard, is preparing to move, and she gave me clippings of some of her plants. I’ve now been introduced to Philippine Orchids and a Orchid Cacti. The Philippine Orchid is really cool looking and I would have never guessed it was an orchid. It has these plantlets that grow off of the branches of the stalk (sort of like a spider plant). The Orchid Cacti are plants I’ve seen around the neighborhood but had no clue what they were. I tried googling them but was never able to identify them. So, I was really excited when she offered to give me some clippings from hers. Right now they look like a snake plant but once they start growing more segments they will resemble more of a huge Christmas Cactus.

 

 

 

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Review: When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon

When Dimple Met Rishi
by Sandhya Menon
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Publication date: May 30, 2017
Genre: Young Adult Romance
Rating:

Dimple Shah has it all figured out. With graduation behind her, she’s more than ready for a break from her family, from Mamma’s inexplicable obsession with her finding the “Ideal Indian Husband.” Ugh. Dimple knows they must respect her principles on some level, though. If they truly believed she needed a husband right now, they wouldn’t have paid for her to attend a summer program for aspiring web developers…right?

Rishi Patel is a hopeless romantic. So when his parents tell him that his future wife will be attending the same summer program as him—wherein he’ll have to woo her—he’s totally on board. Because as silly as it sounds to most people in his life, Rishi wants to be arranged, believes in the power of tradition, stability, and being a part of something much bigger than himself.

The Shahs and Patels didn’t mean to start turning the wheels on this “suggested arrangement” so early in their children’s lives, but when they noticed them both gravitate toward the same summer program, they figured, Why not?

Dimple and Rishi may think they have each other figured out. But when opposites clash, love works hard to prove itself in the most unexpected ways.

 

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Sneak Peek Wednesday: The Forgotten Ones by Steena Holmes

The Forgotten Ones
by Steena Holmes
Publisher: Lake Union Publishing
Publication date: April 1, 2018
Genre: Psychological Thriller

Elle is a survivor. She’s managed to piece together a solid life from a childhood of broken memories and fairy tales her mom told her to explain away bad dreams. But weekly visits to her mother still fill Elle with a paralyzing fear she can’t explain. It’s just another of so many unanswered questions she grew up with in a family estranged by silence and secrets.

Elle’s world turns upside down when she receives a deathbed request from her grandfather, a man she was told had died years ago. Racked by grief, regrets, and a haunted conscience, he has a tale of his own to tell Elle: about her mother, an imaginary friend, and two strangers who came to the house one night and never left.

As Elle’s past unfolds, so does the truth—if she can believe it. She must face the reasons for her inexplicable dread. As dark as they are, Elle must listen…before her grandfather’s death buries the family’s secrets forever.

 

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Review: Midnight Wolf by Jennifer Ashley

Midnight Wolf
(Shifters Unbound #11)
by Jennifer Ashley
Publisher: Berkley
Publication date: April 24, 2018
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Rating:

Angus Murray, bouncer for a New Orleans Shifter bar, is sent to round up an elusive, Collar-less Shifter woman, Tamsin Calloway, who is causing trouble for Shifter Bureau, and possesses information they want. If Angus refuses, he risks losing his cub. He finds Tamsin but she’s slippery and not about to be rounded up quietly.

In fact, quiet is nothing Tamsin will ever be. She leads Angus on a wild chase, but he’s determined to bring her in to save his son.

Can Tamsin convince Angus she’s worth helping before she’s locked away by Shifter Bureau, Collared, or perhaps killed?

 

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Puppies, Princesses, and Girl Power!

I’m linking this post to Sunday Post, Stacking the Shelves, and It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

 

 

On Friday I went whale watching for the first time on the west coast. I’ve been living in California for the last eight years and I’ve never gone whale watching out here. However, there were a group of people from my husband’s work who were interested in going out on a tour before the end of the season. I was a little worried that I would get seasick, but ultimately decided to go and hope for the best. I am really glad I did because it was so much fun! We got to see a resident grey whale that apparently hangs out in this one shallow area near the beginning of our trip out to the open sea. Then when we were way out in the ocean we got to see a mom and calf grey whale. We lost sight of them for a bit and then all of a sudden they were resurfacing on the other side of the boat with two other grey whales who seemed to pop up out of nowhere. There were some seals swimming out in the waves. A bunch of sea lions basking on a bait fish dock. We also got to see a pod… or more likely, pods of dolphins playing and jumping around in the water. There were just so many of them. I wound up taking a video of them because there was no way I was going to capture it in a single picture. It was insane. So yeah, I had a ton of fun. The best part is… I didn’t get sick! I was actually laughing like a loon, riding the waves like a crazy cowgirl, while everyone around me was groaning. 😂

 

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Review: Twisted in You by Rachel A. Marks

Twisted In You
(a Twisted Romance, #1)
by Rachel A. Marks
Publisher: Self-published
Publication date: March 21, 2018
Genre: Romance
Rating:

Romance is a myth…

At least, that’s what twenty-year-old Verity Landon is beginning to think. She’s supposed to be studying to be an artist, but she can’t seem to get past the fiasco that was high school—which left her a social media sex scandal survivor. She’s pretty sure she’s going to end up single for all eternity.

Exhibit A: Her latest boyfriend just broke up with her during happy hour.

Second: She’s a huge intimacy-phobe.

Last Straw: She has a rabid crush on her boss—the one guy in her life who’s off limits.

She needs serious help in the love department.

Enter Finbar MacNeil; snarky Irishman, rebellious musician, a bit of a mess, and the exact opposite of what she always goes for. What could possibly go wrong?

 

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Sneak Peek Wednesday: Lone Star Blues by Delores Fossen

Lone Star Blues
(Wrangler’s Creek #5)
by Delores Fossen
Publisher: HQN
Publication date: April 17, 2018
Genre: Romance

Wrangler’s Creek’s most eligible bad boy has just become its most eligible single dadDylan Granger could always count on his rebellious-cowboy charm to get his way–until the day his wife, Jordan, left him and joined the military. The realization that during a wild night he got her cousin pregnant is shocking enough. But the news that Jordan has come home to Texas to help raise the baby is the last thing he expects.Raising a baby with Dylan in Wrangler’s Creek is a life Jordan might’ve had years ago, but she doesn’t want regrets. She wants what’s best for the child–and to find out if there’s something deeper between her and her ex than blazing-hot chemistry. Getting closer means letting down her guard to Dylan again, but will he be able to accept the emotional scars on her heart?

 

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Review: Unraveled by Kate Jarvik Birch

Unraveled
(Perfected #3)
by Kate Jarvik Birch
Publisher: Entangled TEEN
Publication date: April 3, 2018
Genre: Young Adult Dystopia
Rating:

Ella isn’t anyone’s pet anymore, but she’s certainly not free.

After exposing the dark secrets about NuPet’s breeding program, forcing them to repeal the law that allowed genetically modified girls to be kept as pets, she thought girls like her would finally be free. She never dreamed that it would backfire. NuPet may have convinced the public of their intentions to assimilate pets back into society, but Ella knows it’s a lie.

They aren’t planning mass rehabilitation…they’re planning a mass extermination.

Now, with the help of a small group of rebels, Ella and Penn, the boy she’d give up her life for, set out to bring down NuPet for good. But when her group gets implicated in a string of bombings, no one is safe. If she can’t untangle the web of blackmail and lies that extends far beyond NuPet’s reach, she won’t just lose her chance at freedom, she’ll lose everyone she loves.

 

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Take me out to the ball game!

I’m linking this post to Sunday Post, Stacking the Shelves, and It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

 

We got to go to our first Padres game here in San Diego. The Mister’s co-worker had a pair of extra tickets and asked if we wanted to go to a game. It was our first time at Petco Park and we had a blast. We’ve been to a few parks, but so far Petco Park tops the list for me. They had amazing food and drink vendors. I have never been to a ballpark where you could get your typical hotdog and burger, but also get sushi, mahi mahi tacos, and tri tip nachos. Not to mention they had a wine cellar in the stadium! You walked in, chose a bottle from their wall to wall selection of wines (or got it a glass on tap like I did), and they fill up a SD Padres carafe with your wine of choice with a couple of Padres wine glasses to take back to your seat. There was also a really delicious tiki booth serving Mai Thai, Pina Colada, and some ginger concoction. The best part though was that they served their drinks in this tall tiki glass. I may have gotten on of those just to take home the glass. LoL So yeah, if you follow me on IG, now you know why I was posting so many stories on Friday night. 😉

 

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Review: For Crosby by J. Nathan

For Crosby
(For You #3)
by J. Nathan
Publisher: Self-published
Publication date: March 14, 2018
Genre: New Adult Sports Romance
Rating:

Crosby Parks had the life most guys only dreamed of. A wealthy family, girls vying for his attention, and pro scouts after his hockey skills. But when the life he knows comes crumbling down, he’s sent to Alabama to escape the media storm and to rebuild his life. If Crosby has any shot of playing professional hockey, he must keep a low profile and graduate from college. But the second he steps foot on campus, keeping a low profile becomes impossible.

Sabrina’s mind is made up. After encouraging Alabama’s star wide receiver to friend-zone her and pursue someone else, she’s determined to focus on herself and stop being everyone’s trusty sidekick and shoulder to cry on. But when she stumbles upon a naked hockey player tied to a tree in the middle of the night, Sabrina’s life is thrown upside down. Because when you leave someone tied to a tree, they eventually get free.

 

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