Book Reviews, Romance

Book Review: Cooking Up Love

A med school grad who’s left the field to become a food critic, Shelbi Arrington delivers a less than stellar review to doctor-hating chef and restaurateur Justin Richardson’s restaurant Lillian’s. When the two accidentally meet, sparks fly in and out of the kitchen. But can their feelings stand the heat when Justin learns of Shelbi’s medical background and Shelbi struggles with her professional choices? Author Candace Shaw offered this book for a limited-time free download on Amazon, and I scapped this baby up fast as could be. And I am glad I did, because it gave me a fun, sexy…

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Public Marriage Proposals: Yea or Nay

Just read a flight attendant lost her job because her fiancé proposed to her midflight. I feel bad for her, but also… I love romantic gestures, but some people’s version of it stupefies me. Yeah, sometimes I wonder too how a curmudgeon like me can write romance. For instance, people planning weddings they cannot afford—and literally digging a financial hole for themselves taking years to climb out of. Sometimes paying even after the wholly predictable divorce. And proposals–why do they require an audience? Perfect strangers who don’t know you from Adam (or Eve, to be politically correct) to witness your marriage proposal? A…

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Blog, Dating, Relationships, Romance

September’s Take a Man on a Date Month. Ever Done It?

Turns out September is Take a Man on a Date Month. I had no clue it even existed, never mind having ever done it. Oh sure, I’ve been out with a guy and spontaneously offered to pay for dinner. I’ve come that much into the 21st century. But to call a guy I’m not dating and invite him on a date? Never in all my years. And it gets worse. I’ve never even offered a full-service date to someone I was dating. Certainly, I’ve offered suggestions for things we could do, but that’s hardly the same as planning a surprise date and…

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Sex-Selfies: Yes or No
Blog, Dating, Romance

Sex-Selfies: Yes or No?

Unsolicited Penis Portraiture…a devilishly clever phrase. But what’s it mean? In a nutshell, people sending unrequested sex-selfies of their intimate body parts to others. Men love sending sexy selfies (or sexlfies) of their junk according to a recent New York Post article. Women do also, but their sexflies are mostly solicited. That’s all intriguing, but my concern is sex-selfies period. As a teen, I rarely credited my parents with having brains, nevermind advice worth listening to. My father never talked about dating (he simply didn’t let us date), but as I went 2,000 miles away to college at 17, Daddy imparted…

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Why Divorce Date?

So, I am reading 4 Reasons to Date Someone Who’s Been Divorced. First off, I learned something new. Seems there’s still a stigma attached to dating divorced people. Never knew that, especially since at a certain age, if s/he isn’t divorced, I would wonder. Okay, but that’s not my point here. After reading the article, I realized my reason Numero Uno didn’t appear. In fact, this reason might make it advantageous to only divorce date. So here it is.   1.  How they treat their former spouse is a GOLD MINE of information. I am divorced, and my former husband and I are still…

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Book Reviews, Romance

Book Review: The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

In 1946, writer Juliet Ashton finds inspiration for her next book in her correspondence with a native of Guernsey, who tells her about the Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, a book club born as an alibi during German occupation. I’m a history fanatic, but if a book’s about war, it generally needs to be pre-20th century for me. A War of the Roses story, and I am glued, telling myself it was long ago and far away, even somehow romanticizing it. A story about WWI or any war thereafter – well, I am simply uninterested in a reminder…

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