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"She thought it over, but couldn’t see any immediate loopholes other than the threat of her inner slut emerging, and she could darned well control that little bitch."— Susan Elizabeth Phillips

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A Wrinkle in Time - Madeleine L'Engle

“Do you think things always have an explanation?”
“Yes. I believe that they do. But I think that with our human limitations we’re not always able to understand the explanations. But you see, Meg, just because we don’t understand doesn’t mean that the explanation doesn’t exist.”

Yep, still loving this story :)


More comments/thoughts - Buddy Read A Wrinkle in Time

A Rogue of Her Own by Grace Burrowes

A Rogue of Her Own (Windham Brides) - Grace Burrowes

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Charlotte Windham is tough and brash but she still is turning down offers of aristocrats looking to get in good with the Windham clan. With new debutantes wanting her out of the way, Charlotte decides it is time to do just that and decides a little ruination could go a long way to freeing her. 
Lucas Sherbourne has had a lifetime of dealing with the arrogant aristocracy but he still can't help but be drawn to Charlotte. 
A little scandal, a rushed trip to the altar, and rainy days in Wales soon becomes the best recipe for a marriage. 
“I like you,” she said. “Somewhat. A little. I don’t dislike you.” 
The fourth and last book in the Windham brides series, focuses on Charlotte with her sister and husband (heroine and hero of book three) playing big roles too. Lucas and Charlotte do appear in book three, you'd get the understanding why Lucas and Charlotte's brother-in-law have some animosity, but if focusing solely on Charlotte and Lucas' relationship, you could comfortably dive in here. 
Lucas is a commoner but a fairly rich one, so he went to schools with titled boys who punished him various ways for being "lesser" than them and he never really had a sense of family or friends. I thought the author did a wonderful job showcasing how Lucas' personality was formed because of how he grew up and why he strives for achievement, is very self-contained, and wanting to do best by his home and the surrounding people. Charlotte, on the other hand, grew up in a very large family but also got a little bit lost in it, especially as everyone gets married. At first glance, these two may seem opposites attract but their desires, fears, and wants are very similar once you see below their surfaces. Burrowes is a master at nuances and subtleties, whether it's emotion or humor. 
This is very much a story of marriage, how jobs, money, relationships, and two individual personalities come together and love. The tone is mild and you'd want to look elsewhere for drama or escapades but a stripped to its bones of marriage and love journey are found in the pages. Burrowes' artful use of secondary characters can also be found with previously introduced characters and even a simple relationship between the hero and his valet, enrich the depth of the hero and heroine. The villain of the piece provides a bit of a crescendo moment throughout the story, but makes our heroine seem a bit too stubborn for angst sake. 
“You torrid very well, Mr. Sherbourne. May I prevail on you to ruin me?” 
If looking for a mellower read with a thoroughly delved into look at marriage and relationships or just wanting to visit the Windhams again, Burrowes provides an endearing story.

Reading Update: 60%

A Rogue of Her Own (Windham Brides) - Grace Burrowes

“You are naughty.”

Fatigue made his features sharper, and his smile more piratical. “Not naughty, married. Come be married with me, Charlotte Sherbourne.”

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A Rogue of Her Own (Windham Brides) - Grace Burrowes

“I’m missing a hairpin.”

"How can you tell?”

“Because I count my hairpins, and this set was a gift from my aunt Arabella when I made my come out two hundred and forty-seven years ago.”

"Might we discuss your attempted self-ruin instead of your fashion accessories?”She gave him a look. If he’d been eight years old, he would have produced the hairpin from his pocket, blushed, and stammered his remorse. He was past thirty and would keep that hairpin until the day he died.

Menu Monday

BLs has been working like a charm for me (Sun. 25th) after about two weeks of feeling stonewalled when I tried to bebop around on it. Let's hope this lasts!


Honey Salmon in foil




What would Menu Monday be without a simple flavored salmon meal? Probably more entertaining, but alas, here we are. Simple, easy, good flavoring, and satisfied the dinner hunger on a tiring day. Not a recipe with enough wow power to be kept or hang around but I'll look back fondly on as a hit it and quit it.


White Cheese and Chicken Lasagna



I wouldn't say become the Unabomber to get time to make this but definitely kick your family out for a day, this was YUMMY. Actually doesn't take an absurd amount of time, around an hour I think (chicken already cooked) and not super hard to put together, you will be moving and grooving while cooking. I dropped on some sriracha to give it a little pop to the taste and loved it. Definitely keeping this recipe and highly recommend you all try this one.



Roasted Cauliflower and Chickpea Tacos



I love meals that make me feel like I'm eating like the most healthy person to walk the earth. Totally cancels out the occasional chickie nugget meal from McDonalds, right? So happy to hear you all agree. The seasoning on the cauliflower and chickpeas was good and the lime crema complimented it all. Quick, easy, and of course you can't beat the healthy af  feeling. Don't forget your avocado!



Chunky Monkey Morning Oats



Another one that you probably don't need a recipe for but I like to pin these to give the idea to myself. I doubled the recipe and made it for supper one night I was home alone. Super good, probably because I added a very healthy handful of chocolate chips. Only had the dog for a witness and he was bought off with a spoon full of peanut butter. Nice app/treat/breakfast/supper.



Tangy Strawberry Cream Cheese Pound Cake



This may be the most unhealthy thing I have ever made. When I was dumping everything together, I started to get a little sick, lol. But, this also has Kool-Aid in it! Yes, Kool-Aid! I'm not a huge fan of bundt cake because I don't like the outer like shell that forms because of the pan it's cooked in, too hard, I like soft and gooey. the pink was a little more vibrant than the picture is showing but not the pretty red on the recipe page by any means. I was also super disappointed in the "tangy strawberry" part, was all but non-existent for me and I have pretty good taste buds. I'm not sure I've had pound cake before, so maybe the more blah taste was on point. I put cool whip and cut up strawberries on mine but still not worth it for how unhealthy. Took forever to make and blah :(



Any ending of the month dazzling or just plain solidly good recipes to share?

Reblog. Another fun game if looking to share your reading

A Note on Kill Your Darlings game play!

Reblogged from Moonlight Reader:

I'm working on the game right now, and will be posting more over the next few days. However, I can see a bit of confusion already developing!


Players won't be "playing" as suspects or victims. I don't want to deter anyone from using their imagination, so feel free to adopt a persona for your game play, but the general way that the game will work is that the participants need to identify the suspect, the victim, the crime scene and the cause of death by posting guesses, and then they will need to "collect" the appropriate card. I will be responding to the guesses with a "right" or a "wrong."


So, for example, the solution to the crime might be:



So, let's say that player 1 wants to make a suspect guess. Now, let's say that player 1 reads for the Arthur Conan Doyle card, and makes his/her guess. That guess is wrong, and it tells everyone that they can cross ACD off their list of suspects. 


Now player 2 reads a book that fits the Agatha Christie card, player 2 can post "Agatha Christie" as their guess. That guess is right. The suspect identification part of the game has been completed.


So, If I respond with a "wrong," everyone will know that they can cross out that possibility.

If I respond with a "right," then you can cross out all of the other possibilities.


If another team identifies the suspect, your team still needs to "collect" the card by completing one of the tasks on the card. Only ONE team member needs to do this. The remaining team members can continue to read for the other crime elements.




Until someone identifies the suspect, he/she can continue his/her crime spree by adding victims/crime scenes/causes of death to the game play. This will be done at random by me, because I am the mastermind! ;)


And remember, the suspect authors are WILD CARDS. You can read any of their novels and use them for any guess. If you want to use a Sherlock Holmes short story, you need to read enough stories to get to novel length (240 pages/60K words).




We are going to start with everyone playing the same game. You can team up with other players and get the benefit of their reading, or you can play alone. Everyone will know what the other investigators have discovered, but if you are playing alone, you still have to complete the card before you can "collect" the element. If you are playing as a team, you can strategize however you want! And I encourage strategizing!




The game ends when a player or a team has collected all of the cards that are in play. Once someone collects all of the cards, that game ends. Depending on how long each game takes, we may do another round or two.




The suspects will NOT kill their own character. So, if the suspect is J.R.R. Tolkien, you can knock Samwise Gamgee off of your victim list. The authors are killing other writer's beloved characters. They do, however, have no compunction about using their own settings/weaponry.


Feel free to ask questions below!

The Sins of Lord Lockwood by Meredith Duran

Sins of Lord Lockwood (Rules for the Reckless) - Meredith Duran
I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Thinking they both wanted a marriage in name only, Liam and Anna start to find themselves more than attracted to one another by the time their marriage actually happens. 
Thinking Liam is just another person abandoning her, Anna finally believes that his disappearance on their wedding night was all according to his plan. However, Liam was kidnapped and taken to a penal colony in Australia where his journey back to England is going to take more than physical distance traveled. 
He was the fifth Earl of Lockwood. He had been abducted onto a prison hulk. He was chained and bound for the Australian colonies.
Sixth in the Rules for the Reckless series, there are characters that connect it to it but the book you'd most want to read before this one is The Duke of Shadows. The mystery and villains of what, why, who, and where are more comprehensively explained and dealt with there. I would have liked the main villain for Liam to have had more screen time here with more of a threaded in mystery plot than at the end condescended version we got. What we do get a lot of is the emotional turmoil and weight Liam lives with, Anna's thoughts, feelings, and how they swirl around and interact with Liam, and how these two fell in love initially and how they can find themselves back to one another. 
Do not look at me. Or, more accurately: do not see me. 
Stripped down to the frame, this is a story of a hero horribly done wrong, fighting his way back towards sanity, revenge, and a heroine working through her own hurts and trying to reach the hero. It is a tried and true formula but the author's writing ability infuses it with tragic and beautiful emotion; there are lines that will send tingles down your spine and ache to your heart. Liam's love for Anna is always evident, whether it’s shown through his marvel in the beginning, wall he puts up between them in the middle, or the eventual painful desire given into towards the end. I would have liked more of Anna's character flushed out a bit more through interactions with her cousin Moira (who gets a bit ignored at the end) or her people of the island, I felt like a depth of her character was missing because of the lack of friendships. Liam too could have stood to have more scenes with his household friends, imagine the light but incredible heavy scenes those moments could have produced. This was much focused on Anna and Liam's relationship, which I know some readers will love. 
Unspeakable things had no reply. But he had survived them. So he could speak them. 
There is a lot of anger, hurt, and love in this story, which as I mentioned, makes it a highly emotional read. I would have liked a little more outside of Liam and Anna's relationship influences but they could definitely carry the show. Flashback segments are used to show how Anna and Liam fall in love and except for, what I felt, was a too late placed one, I thought the character development was better for it. It has been a bit of wait to see why Lord Lockwood and his wife had such tension between them in The Duke of Shadows but it was worth it.


Menu Monday

Thank you for all your comments on last week's Menu Monday, BLs was being a poop and wouldn't let me comment back on the two days I tried. 

And BLs is still being a poop. SIIIIGH. Second week in a row that a scheduled post didn't post. Hopefully this maintenance has taken care of it and it would be awesome to get notifications for comments. 


Favorite Chinese Green Beans with Ground Turkey



This one was so good, y'all. The seasoning/flavor was great, hoisin and chili garlic. I put it on top of white rice and it was a pretty easy quick meal that seemed fancy and was tasty. Probably a decent amount of salt though because of the soy sauce and hoisin but turkey meat to make you feel more healthy! Definitely a recipe I'm going to keep around.



Shrimp Fried Quinoa




 This one has all the markings of being one I really liked, but I didn't. The bf really enjoyed it but the taste just wasn't there for me. It suggested frozen vegetables and I'm wondering if that was what put me off, more sodium and all. I think it would work better as a side dish, it was supposed to be my appetizer pick for the week but it made a good amount so we just ate it as a meal. Sometimes less really is more, I guess. 



Chicken Avocado Burrito




First off, yes, I did almost forget to take a picture of this one, lol. You can also probably guess by the name of the recipe, that you wouldn't need a recipe to make these. Super simple but oh so good. Chicken, avocado and some salsa on top for me.



Biscuits and Gravy with Sausage and Egg breakfast casserole




Why yes, I almost forgot to take a picture again. I LOVE this one. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE. It's my day after New Year's Eve brunch meal because it is so simple to make, again, I use turkey sausage, and is a hungover person's dream. If you love brinner (breakfast at dinner time) you'll love it too. I like to put some sriracha on top for a bit of a kick but yeah, you won't be disappointed in this one. Easy to make and a dream to eat. 



Chocolate Hand Pies




I really couldn't care less about Valentine's Day but I like to have themed dessert months so Feb is full of pink, red, and heart things. I think I didn't roll the dough thin enough and I'm more of a cake person, but the pie crust was a bit chalky. If I made these again, I would sprinkle the sugar on top like was suggested. The ganache was very rich but worked with the less so pie. These took a while to make and were a bit meh for me. Again though, I'm not a big pie crust person. Strangely, I thought these tasted better three days after I made them. Probably wouldn't make them again though, taste not worth the effort. 


Any fun or romantic foods to show for the week?


My Man, Michael - Lori Foster

A MMA fighter gets into a car accident, a woman from the future asks him to help teach her people how to fight in exchange for fixing his leg. They lust after each other, the hero(?) made me want to strangle him with his sexist comments, heroine who was supposed to be strong just disappears, heroine's mother and father storyline is simplistic, can be seen from a mile away, and there is next to no world building. 
Simplistic, sexist, and not good in my opinion.

For more comments and thoughts - My Man, Michael Buddy Read


My Man, Michael - Lori Foster

I'm wanting to stab the the so-called hero and am shipping the computer system and heroine super hard. 
This buddy read pick is going super great! Lol

More comments and quotes - My Man, Michael Buddy Read

Reading Update: 25%

My Man, Michael - Lori Foster

MMA fighter gets injured in car accident.

MMA fighter gets visited from woman from the future. 

MMA fighter gets transported to future to teach them to fight and “It would be wonderful if you filled our ranks with your offspring.” 


This book is wild, y'all.


More quotes and comments - Buddy Read - My Man Michael

Menu Monday

Ravioli with Sauteed Asparagus and Walnuts



I loved this one. It was super easy to make and  maybe around a half hour. I halved the butter and added more lemon juice. More filling than I thought it would be and had a great flavor. I paired with red wine and felt like a fancy gal.



General Tso's Chickpeas



If wanting to have a meatless Monday, this would be an excellent pick. The sauce was great, I don't like things very saucy and if you're like me you'd want to be careful with how much you add because broccoli soaks up sauce like crazy. Probably only around a half hour to make and super good. Felt like a healthy gal with this one :)



Frosted Lemon Sour Cream Sugar Cookies




I would add some yellow food coloring to the cookie because as you can see, when I added it to the frosting (maybe too much?) it popped almost too much making the cookie look pale in not the most appetizing way. I probably doubled the lemon juice (from fresh lemons and bottle) for the frosting because I love tart things. The cookie consistency was a little different, more cake like I guess I would say. The recipe makes a crap ton, I would definitely cut it in half next time. Took maybe an hour to make. I refrigerated half and left half out. The frosting was better on the fridge one but the cookie part was better left out as it was softer. Would make a good little cookie plate for an Easter dinner. Felt like a tarty gal while eating these ;)



Baked Spaghetti & Meatballs


Italian Meatballs





This one took more effort and time, probably close to 2 hours all together. If you just bought frozen meatballs instead of homemade, definitely save you on time. The homemade meatball recipe though was really good but did have a decent amount of Parmesan added. Since the spaghetti recipe called for Parmesan too, I halved both of them. Very filling and good but not sure worth the time and effort of putting everything together. Felt liked a tired gal after making.



Tater Tot Enchilada Bake




Tired from making my own meatballs, I bought frozen tater tots instead of homemaking. Still good because even a meh tater tot is a good one. I let it bake a little longer so the tater tots would get crispier. I think this took around 40 mins and was worth it. Great on a cold day and a good comfort food. Yummy. Felt like a comforted gal after eating. 



What culinary adventures did you all go on this week?

Reading Update: 30%

Sins of Lord Lockwood (Rules for the Reckless) - Meredith Duran

“The truth is never satisfying. The truth is either too plain to make sense, or too bizarre to be believed.”

Great older published book

Only In My Arms - Jo Goodman

This is an older published gem in my opinion. The couple were such a delight with their back and forth, snark, humor, and sexiness. The heroine was strong and had such an amazing character build with having the emotional struggle of leaving the nunnery and how that affected her relationship with her mother and the hero was the strong, dry humor, snarky, and sexy man I read these stories looking for. These two together are definitely worth the price of admission. 

The story starts off a bit slower but does an amazing job introducing you to the hero and heroine, getting you to really know them. They then come together and spend the rest of the book together with the middle specifically focusing on them and giving the reader an incredible romance relationship to read. The middle starts to drag a smidgen and the ending dealing with the mystery/conspiracy, why Ryder is on the run, gets a bit rushed as it becomes a bit too twisty turn-y for the limited time left. 

This was a great finish to the series and the author did a great job wrapping everyone's story up and giving us a fond look and goodbye to this family. You could read this without reading the others in the series, you'd miss some family relationship connections but worth it I say to read about this couple. Ryder and Mary are the couple you read romances looking for. 

I read this as a Buddy Read, for more quotes, comments, and in depth conversation, Only In Your Arms buddy read


Only In My Arms - Jo Goodman

"Because you have always been part of me," he said. "From the beginning. Not from the moment we met, but from the moment we were. There has been a place for you in my heart, under my skin." 

Declarations of love from hero/heroine were, swooooon.

More Buddy read quotes and comments - Only In My Arms buddy read