My March book reviews for Cocktails and Books!

For those of you that don’t know….I review books for Cocktails and Books.  Best side gig ever! Check out the site.  It is chalked full of reviews for anyone looking for their next book fix! Here are my reviews for March!  Click on the links below!  And yes…I read a whole lot and I love romance books!

Manwhore by Katy Evans

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Changing Everything by Molly McAdams

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Taint by SL Jennings

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Becoming Rain by KA Tucker

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Ember by Rachel Van Dyken

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Forbidden Nights by Lauren Blakely

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Verum by Courtney Cole

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Easy, Fun and Colorful Easter Craft

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I am sure you have seen this craft on Pinterest a million times…well, so have I!  I decided to finally give it a go and it was fun and super easy.

This is what you will need:

1. Embroidery floss (this is easy to go overboard on…so many colors)

2. Elmer’s glue or liquid starch

3. Water balloons

First thing is first, blow up your water balloons.  This is what your husband is for!  If you have a pump, much easier!

Mix your elmer’s glue with water so that it is watery.  Then take the string and circle it around the glue mixture.  This way it will not get tangled.  IMG_7222

I used one skein of embroidery floss per balloon.  Then all you do is just wrap the string around the balloon.

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This is the finished project!  I would make one suggestion, don’t lay them down.  If you can hang them up with a clothespin to dry.  If you do lay them down, make sure to roll them over.  The glue/water mixture drains to the bottom and takes a long time to dry.

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I think they turned out great!

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Book Review: Naughty King by Michelle Valentine

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book had it all: alpha male, confident sassy take no prisoner female, absolutely funny secondary characters and a great story line! Naughty King is a mix of all your favorite romance novels with the movie The Hangover. I laughed out loud. Multiple times. The dialogue between the two main characters and of course the funny scenes with Yamada made my day. What a fantastic, quick read! I wish part 2 was out now!

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Book Review and Blog Tour – Leaving Amarillo by Caisey Quinn

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Leaving Amarillo synopsis:
Dixie Lark hasn’t had it easy. She lost her parents in an accident when she was young and grew up in a ramshackle house on a dirt road in Amarillo with her ailing grandparents and overprotective older brother. Thanks to her grandfather, Dixie learned to play a mean fiddle, inspired by the sounds of the greats—Johnny and June, Waylon, and Hank. Her grandfather’s fiddle changed Dixie’s life forever, giving her an outlet for the turmoil of her broken heart and inspiring a daring dream.

Ten years later, Dixie and her brother, Dallas, are creating the music they love and chasing fame with their hot band, Leaving Amarillo. But Dixie isn’t enjoying the ride. All she can think about is Gavin, the band’s tattooed, tortured drummer who she’s loved since they were kids. She knows he feels the connection between them, but he refuses see her as more than his best friend’s little sister.

Convinced that one night with Gavin will get him out of her system, Dixie devises a plan. She doesn’t know that her brother has forbidden Gavin from making a move on her-a promise he swore he’d always keep . . . a promise that once broken will unexpectedly change the future for Dixie, Gavin and the band.

My Review:

Leaving Amarillo is Caisey Quinn’s best book to date. She always draws me into her stories and characters but this one really knocked it out of the park. I absolutely adored Dixie, Gavin and Dallas. Their personalities and their backstories draw you in and keep you asking for more. I kept flipping page after page wanting more and more.

Dixie is fun loving, quick witted, loyal, family oriented and most importantly spirited fiddle player in their band. Dallas is her brother and guitar player who is driven to make the band succeed. Gavin is the hot drummer with a broken soul that Dixie wants to heal. She has been in love with Gavin for most of her life but Dallas has put up a hands off sign on Dixie’s back. Gavin has feelings for Dixie but he isn’t willing to hurt Dallas and the band to pursue her. The dynamic between the three is fantastic. You feel how much they care for each other and it is gut wrenching to watch them circle around each other over and over again.

If you know anything about Caisey Quinn, you know music is a huge part of her life and you can tell in this book. She makes the scenes come to life with her descriptions of the band and their songs. When Dixie steps up with her fiddle, you actually crave to hold one yourself because you can hear the music come right off the pages.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book and couldn’t believe the ending. Caisey Quinn, you exceeded my expectations and put yourself as an author on a new level! Loving Dallas should already be in my greedy lil’ hands!

8918708About the author:
Caisey Quinn lives in a suburb outside of Birmingham, Alabama with her husband, daughter, and other assorted animals. She wears cowgirl boots most of the time, even to church. She is the bestselling author of the Kylie Ryans series and writes New and Young Adult books about country girls finding love in unexpected places.

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