Dating, Men and Women, Relationships, Romance, Sex

One-Night Stands: the Good, the Bad, the Ugly, and the Odd

Nina Crespo’s romance novel Rules of a Rebound got me thinking about one-night stands. Of course, Natalie and Rome got their happily ever in the story. Still, I wondered about all things one-night stand in real life. Like how often it happens, how men feel versus women, how often it becomes something more. So Liza went googling. The Good If you’ve had a one-night stand (or two or three), don’t sweat it. You have loads of company. A recent poll of 500 Americans and 500 Europeans by online medical practice Zava revealed 66% have had a one-night-only encounter. Even more…

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What’s Your Breakup Shakeup?

In author Jasmine Carter’s Demetrius and Alexis, librarian Alexis comes home to find her fiancé in the arms of another woman. Yes, she was devastated. Who wouldn’t be? But girlfriend wasted no time. She scraped him off her foot like dog doo she’d just stepped in. Then she didn’t just kick him to any ole curb, but to one an ocean away. Kudos to Alexis for being decisive. Would that all women could be so resolute. Myself included, because there was this one time in my younger years when… Okay, that’s another blog post. Back to that curb an ocean…

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Are Men in Uniform Sexy: Yea or Nay?

In Healing His Medic, author Nana Prah creates hero Commander of Warfare Akin Solarin, a drop-dead sexy military man any woman would swoon over. Me included…on the pages of a romance. True Confession…I’ve never been attracted to men in uniform. Not military, police, or fire department. But why? The answer is my dear old dad, may he rest in peace. A self-employed attorney, he vowed never to work for anyone. Not having anybody order me around, he’d say. I followed his footsteps into law, but not self-employment. I’ve always worked for someone else. BUT my dad’s attitude must’ve rubbed off…

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African Romance, Book Reviews, Romance

Book Review: Healing His Medic

When the West African pirate patrol ship Reckoning’s doctor is out of commission, the beautiful Doctor Comfort Djan steps into his shoes. For Commander Akin Solarin, the last thing his ship needs is a lone woman on a ship with a dangerous mission and a boatload of hot-blooded men. And yet, he’s drawn to her strength and her vulnerability. Can he help the new medic heal her tortured heart, and not lose his own in the process? Chosen to read the ARC for Healing His Medic, I dove right into my first Nana Prah romance. I have heard such good…

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Book Reviews, Interracial Romance, Romance

Book Review: With a Kiss, I Die

When news reporter Ben Strickland hears of a mysterious Black woman with blue hair whose mere touch kills, he travels to the Caribbean island of Oyster Key to find her. Though I had never read the work of K. Alex Walker, the book blurb intrigued me. It sat on my Kindle for months before I opened, but once I did, I was floored. Now, y’all know I try to write, but K. Alex Walker has me rethinking that. Her language and imagery are so stirring and beautiful, it leaves me feeling I’m splashing around in the kiddie pool. Seriously. Like…

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Dating, Relationships, Romance, Work and Romance

Career Change: Can It Boost Your Love Life?

In Candace Shaw’s sexy romance Cooking Up Love, Shelbi Arrington has abandoned her medical career to become a food critic. Doctor to food critic?! Strange to some, but working on my third career, I got no room to talk smack. Writer Ciannait Khan outlines very practical reasons to move on down the road to a new career in 5 Reasons Why It’s Time to Make a Career Change. A new challenge, changed values, focus change, new passion, or unhappy. All great, but she forgot one totally unexpected reason. LOVE. WONDERFUL LOVE. Think about it. Shelbi Arrington leaves the hospitals and…

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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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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
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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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