unConventionalBookViews_Meme-ThirstyThursdayHungryHeartsThere is a fun new meme going on over at (un)Conventional  Book Views.  Lexxie is hosting the Thirsty Thursday & Hungry Hearts weekly list of food and drink.  ;)  More specifically what food or drink from a recent read of yours would you like to try or never in a million years touch.  You can find details, sorta rules and the sign up linky by clicking on the graphic or on the bold link above.

I have been trying so hard to be aware of food while reading.  It is turning into a more difficult habit to cultivate than I thought it would.  But, I’m working on it.

This week’s delectable comes from a novella in the Montana Born Bachelor Auction series – specifically from Bachelor At Her Bidding by Kate Hardy.  The main characters, Rachel and Ryan, met when her friends “bought” him for Rachel at a Bachelor Auction to help out a single mom and her recently injured son get their home wheelchair accessible.  He was to provide a personally cooked 5 star equivalent meal for her in her home.  Needless to say, but they fell in love..and then he did the guy makes a huge mistake thing – now he’s trying to apologize and win her back through what he does best… cakes.

He replied with, “Fraisier: an almond sponge base topped with vanilla chiffon cream and with sliced strawberries around the side.

But this wasn’t like any strawberry tart Rachel had ever seen.  The strawberries weren’t stuck on the side, they were perfectly aligned with the filling.  And on the top was a garnish of fruits of the forest, with a tiny version of yesterday’s snow flakes sprinkled across it.  On the dark chocolate “slate”” written in white chocolate piping was today’s message: ” I’m really, really sorry for hurting you.”

*sigh*  I want one just like him.

Bachelor At Her BiddingYour date with Parisian-trained chef Ryan Henderson promises you’ll get the best meal of your life cooked especially for you. His Red Velvet cheesecake is to die for – but we know he has even better desserts up his sleeve…

How to win a girl in ten cakes…

When Dr. Rachel Cassidy comes back to Marietta with a broken heart and a divorce under her belt, going to a Bachelor Auction fundraiser doesn’t sound like her idea of a good time – and when her sister and friends “buy” her a dinner date with sexy Parisian-trained pastry chef Ryan Henderson, that sounds even worse.

Ryan doesn’t have time for dating – he’s put his dreams to one side and come back to Marietta to look after his sick grandmother. But when he agrees to help a charity fundraiser by offering to cook a special meal to one lucky bidder, he gets more than he bargains for and discovers a woman he might just dare to let himself fall in love with.

Then tragedy strikes, just when Rachel and Ryan think they might have a future, opening up old scars and pushing them apart.

And if they’re to stand a chance of getting back together, then Ryan’s going to have to be seriously inventive. Can he win the love of his life with ten cakes?

 

The MillionaireTitle:  The Millionaire
Series:  Hot Aussie Heroes (Book 4)
Author:  Victoria Purman
Genre:  Contemporary Romance
Published:  January 1, 2015
Publisher:  Tule Publishing
My Rating:  4 stars
Source:  NetGalley

Story Blurb:

Renowned photographer Chris Malone is fed up with fame and disaster. All he wants is anonymity and a chance to recharge. Suburban journalist Ellie Flannery has other ideas. If she can just convince her long-time idol to support her favorite cause, she knows her fund-raiser will be a huge success.

After refusing at first, Chris decides to co-operate. When he’s forced to defend his own reputation as well as his family’s, he decides he wants something from the idealistic and sexy-but-doesn’t-know-it Ms Flannery Ellie in return: her heart.

But Ellie has scars that no one has ever seen, and she doesn’t want to open herself up to anyone, much less a man with such an unflinching eye for the truth. Can Chris convince her to strip herself bare, in more ways than one?

Read on for my thoughts on The Millionaire.  No true spoilers, promise.

The PlayboyTitle:  The Playboy
Series:  Hot Aussie Heroes (Book 3)
Author:  Madeline Ash
Genre:  Contemporary Romance
Published:  January 21, 2015
Publisher:  Tule Publishing
My Rating: 4 stars
Source:  NetGalley

Story Blurb:

Wanted: Sexy sun-kissed surfer for hot summer fling.

Innocent Alexia Burton needs to become sexually confident for an upcoming acting role, and that means taking a lover.

Someone she’s attracted to. Someone who’ll teach her what she needs to know, but not ask for more than she’s prepared to give. She needs to learn the intensity of true desire and then have him walk away.

Parker Hargreaves is determined to make amends for treating Alexia badly all those years ago. He’s changed and wants her to think better of him. If that means letting her sharpen her sexual moves on him, so be it. He’ll do it. His playboy reputation certainly won’t suffer.

He just doesn’t count on walking away being so hard.

Read on for my thoughts on The Playboy.  No true spoilers, honest.

What A Bachelor NeedsTitle:  What A Bachelor Needs
Series:  Montana Born Bachelor Auction
Author:  Kelly Hunter
Genre:  Contemporary Romance
Published:  March 13, 2015
My Rating:  4 stars
Source:  NetGalley

Story Blurb:

Your date with ski champ Jett Casey is an either/or deal. He’ll take you off-piste for the ultimate Montana ski adventure or he’ll put his handyman skills at your disposal for a week.

Single mom Mardie Griffin has a run-down old house in need of fixing and a memory of Jett Casey as her saviour in a time of great need. So when her friends acquire Jett’s services at a bachelor auction and send him to fix up her house, she sets aside her mistrust of men and lets him in.

Elite athlete Jett Casey has the world at his feet and no desire for stability. But there’s one woman he’s never forgotten and if he can help make her safe this time, maybe she’ll stop haunting him.

No strings, no sex, no commitment. Just fix things. Surely it can’t be that difficult…

Read on for my thoughts on What A Bachelor Needs.  No true spoilers, honest.

The Bachelor's BabyTitle:  The Bachelor’s Baby
Series:  Montana Born Bachelor Auction
Author:  Dani Collins
Genre:  Contemporary Romance
Published:  March 6, 2015
My Rating:  4 stars
Source:  NetGalley

Story Blurb:

Your date with Bachelor #3 includes champagne and chocolate in the limo that collects you, a helicopter tour of Marietta and the surrounding mountains and valleys, and dinner at a five star restaurant in Great Falls. While oil baron Linc Brady wines and dines you, a maid service will completely clean your home.

Who could resist this tempting offer, but Meg Canon plans to do just that. She is only home to clean out her childhood bedroom for her brother’s new step-daughter and then she’s outta her childhood small town and back to her life in Chicago, but when she meets the sexy, renegade millionaire while she’s stuck in the snow, sparks fly and Meg is tempted to maybe stay a little longer.

Linc Brady is new in town and happy to help a kid in need, but this? Technically he doesn’t owe Meg a damned thing after she bids on him, after setting him up for the Marietta bachelor auction in the first place, but her high-class city polish is his fatal weakness and makes her impossible to forget. When she agrees to come home with him, he makes it clear he’s a confirmed bachelor. This is a one-night thing. One night that turns into nine months and maybe a lifetime…?

Read on for my thoughts on The Bachelor’s Baby.  No true spoilers, promise.

heartThere was a discussion post over at Herding Cats & Burning Soup by Anna that really got me thinking – plotting – and finally taking action.  This is Anna’s post that started all of this for me.

Today I set up a brand new book review blog.  One that is slightly different.  Romance Is Ageless is a blog about novels with heroines over the age of 29.  I know,  I know – none of us would willing go beyond that age if at all possible.  But life happens as they say – and the years pass by.

The longer I thought about the discussion in Anna’s post, the more this idea for another blog took shape.  Oh, it’s in it’s very, very beginning stages.  And I’ll spend the next couple of days getting everything set up.  But I feel so very strongly about this subject that I just couldn’t let it sit and stew any longer.

This is the very first introduction post.

I sincerely hope that any of the folks that wander and visit here at Keeper Bookshelf will take a look at the additional blog and give me your thoughts, suggestions or… whatever you chose to say about it.  Am I crazy?  Perhaps, but I’m willing to bet that I’m not the only person reading romance novels in all the genres that is over the age of 30.

Come visit, don’t be shy.  You don’t “have” to be 30 or over to visit, honest.  🙂

 

blue eyesThis past week my son was up in Boston for the PAX-East Convention/Event.  And I got to stay home for six glorious days totally on my own.  Total Freedom – and it’s gonna be back to life as usual in about 22 hours.  So… I’m doing this post which is kind of an odd one perhaps.  But I’m going to be brave and surge ahead with it.

I’ve been working very steadily on this blog for the last couple months.  It’s shaping up into something that I can be proud of, and I certainly am enjoying the community.  I have a lot of things to do still – but I no longer feel quite as overwhelmed as I did on January 2, 2015 when I made the decision to get back to what I loved doing – reading books and talking about them.  I even branched out and made a new blog totally about my love of Paranormal novels, movies and television series.  Haunted Bookshelf.  That is a work very much in process, but I don’t care if it takes months to get it just where I want it – it’s a labor of love for something I truly enjoy, so time isn’t all that important.

I’ve learned a lot in two months.  NetGalley.  Twitter.  Facebook Page.  Yet, there are moments when I look at my handwritten list of things I still need to do – like yesterday – that I heave a huge sigh and wonder if I’ll ever be finished.  And the truth is that I probably won’t because new things are constantly becoming a part of my life now.  As long as it’s fun, then I don’t mind the learning process.

I’m still trying to find my own personal “voice” for this blog.  It’s still early stages so I know it will eventually all come together.

I’d like to take this moment to thank those folks who have taken the time to stop and comment – whether it was on a meme or just about a review I did.  I appreciate the time, I really do.

The InfiniteTitle:  The Infinite
Series:  Gates of Thread and Stone (book 2)
Author:  Lori M. Lee
Genre:  Fantasy
Published:  March 10, 2015
My Rating:  3 stars
Source:  NetGalley

Story Blurb:

Kai always believed the only danger to the city came from within. Now, with a rebel force threatening the fragile government, the walls have become more of a prison than ever.

To make matters worse, as Avan explores his new identity as an Infinite, Kai struggles to remind him what it means to be human. And she fears her brother, Reev, is involved with the rebels. With the two people she cares about most on opposite sides of a brewing war, Kai will do whatever it takes to bring peace. But she’s lost her power to manipulate the threads of time, and she learns that a civil war might be the beginning of something far worse that will crumble not only Ninurta’s walls but also the entire city.

In this thrilling sequel to Gates of Thread and Stone, Kai must decide how much of her humanity she’s willing to lose to protect the only family she’s ever known.

Read on for my thoughts on the sequel to Gates of Thread and StoneThe Infinite.  No true spoilers, promise.

Bachelor At Her BiddingTitle:  Bachelor At Her Bidding
Series:  Montana Born Bachelor Auctions (novella book 2)
Author:  Kate Hardy
Genre:  Contemporary Romance
Published:  February 27, 2015
My Rating:  4 star
Source:  NetGalley

Story Blurb:

Your date with Parisian-trained chef Ryan Henderson promises you’ll get the best meal of your life cooked especially for you. His Red Velvet cheesecake is to die for – but we know he has even better desserts up his sleeve…

How to win a girl in ten cakes…

When Dr. Rachel Cassidy comes back to Marietta with a broken heart and a divorce under her belt, going to a Bachelor Auction fundraiser doesn’t sound like her idea of a good time – and when her sister and friends “buy” her a dinner date with sexy Parisian-trained pastry chef Ryan Henderson, that sounds even worse.

Ryan doesn’t have time for dating – he’s put his dreams to one side and come back to Marietta to look after his sick grandmother. But when he agrees to help a charity fundraiser by offering to cook a special meal to one lucky bidder, he gets more than he bargains for and discovers a woman he might just dare to let himself fall in love with.

Then tragedy strikes, just when Rachel and Ryan think they might have a future, opening up old scars and pushing them apart.

And if they’re to stand a chance of getting back together, then Ryan’s going to have to be seriously inventive. Can he win the love of his life with ten cakes?

Read on for my thoughts on Bachelor At Her Bidding.  No true spoilers, promise.

“Nobody puts Baby in the corner”

 

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