Blog, Love and Marriage, Men and Women, Relationships, Romance

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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Gender, Humor, Love and Marriage, Men and Women

The “Gender Gap” and What My Refrigerator Woes Taught Me

How could a refrigerator could reveal anything about differences in gender thinking? It all started four years ago with the Hisense fridge my hubby and I bought. Within a year, both door handles had cracked. Replacements cost $100. Roughly a year later, the digital display on the door went dark forever. A few months after that, the open-door alarm died. Shortly thereafter, we noticed everything in the bottom drawer of the fridge begins to freeze. Through all this, my husband remained perfectly content with the appliance. Me? I knew we had ourselves a real POS. Finally, I decided to google…

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Blog, Love and Marriage, Relationships, Romance

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, Interracial Romance

Book Review: Demetrius and Alexis

  After coming home to find her fiancé kicking boots other than hers, Alexis accepts a teaching position in Greece, where she meets her charge’s ultra-handsome, fabulously wealthy uncle. But falling for Demetrius would be totally inappropriate, wouldn’t it? While I am definitely into hot and steamy romances, I also enjoy a sweet romance every once in a while. Demetrius and Alexis fits the bill for a few reasons. Exotic locale —  Greece is the first European country I ever visited, so I love novels set there. Heroine — Alexis is feisty. She doesn’t just wallow when her fiancé cheats on her.…

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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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Blog, Humor

Underpants on Fire?

So, I needed some new underwear, and headed to T.K. Maxx here in Hamburg. Took me quite a while to find some I liked, but finally settled on these in the pic. Got them home, tried them on, all is well. But then, I saw the inside label. Of course, my first instinct was to laugh out loud. Who the hell needs this warning? Then, I wondered if I was being too flippant about it. I mean it must be there for a real purpose, mustn’t it? So, my mind went to work. And now, this little inside label has…

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Blog, Love and Marriage, Romance, Weddings

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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