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The Striker (Highland Guard, #10)The Striker by Monica McCarty
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Can we get a slow clap for Monica McCarty. I am in love with this series. If you have not read the rest of the series I would not suggest diving into this book, which is number 10 in the Highland Guard series.
I love a good romance and their are certain things that take a series from good to great and for me it is all about character development. I have to believe in these characters. In order to make me believe, you have to put the characters in situations that are believable. Monica McCarty does this with every book in this series.
I truly love the character Margaret. She has qualities that I wish I had in myself. She holds her head up high even when being ridiculed with assumptions because she is different than a normal noble woman. This makes her attractive to Eoin Maclean, because she is the complete opposite of him and THAT is what makes them believable.
This book will make you laugh out loud with the quirks of Maggie and cringe for Eoin’s discomfort. It will also make you feel awful for Maggie and some of the things that she must endure, just because people are assuming things about her. In my opinion, this is one of the best books in the series. The emotional roller-coaster and the action will have you turning pages so quickly, you’ll be sad to see it end.

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Virtually Impossible (Once and Forever Book 2)Virtually Impossible by Lauren Stewart
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Lauren Stewart is a great author. He characters are very believable Their situation makes sense and I don’t find myself rolling my eyes at dumb female characters (which can happen often in romance books).
I love that her books start in the fairy-tale format. I find this adorable.
If you have not read the first book in this series there is no need to worry because the books do not really build upon on another. The characters are friends but they don’t rely on you reading previous books to follow the story.
This book had great character development. It was believable how the relationship between Hayden and Andi grew from simple chatting online to wanting to know meet one another in person.
I like the fact that Andi, the female character, was smarter in computers than Hayden. I thought him being completely lost, in her world, made him venerable and not just a rich executive. Although we do find out later is a lot more vulnerable than we thought. I was weary about the wife situation in the synopsis, but I enjoyed the fact that she was not the normal “bitchy” wife who treats her husband like crap. She had a story as well and it fit very well within the story.
There was not a huge amount of sex in the book but the plot and situations were believable, which is, to me, the most important part of a story and what keeps you engaged.
This is a perfect poolside book and is quick read.
I am looking forward to the rest of this series.

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Image Have titties evolved since I was breastfeeding 6 years ago?

What in the world is going on with these new parents? Once again the Pinterest Posse and the Facebook Fabulousness has given people feelings of grandeur. I have breastfed 4 out of my 5 children. I have only had one person actually ask me to move to a bathroom and I politely sat in the middle of the mall COVERED and breastfed my child. I did not have a Facebook page or Twitter feed to post about it and nobody died and a baby did not suffocate against my breast while under a receiving blanket.

Also, what is up with these pictures of women breastfeeding while naked? I am sorry, have breasts evolved? I remember having on a nursing bra and having to have padding in those bras so that the milk would not leak because in the REAL WORLD…the milk comes down both breasts when you are nursing. So, unless you want a puddle of milk in your lap you had best keep your bra on.
Please stop the controversy. They make nursing shirts that will leave you covered and you can feed the baby comfortably. Stop making excuses to flop you titty out and get attention for breastfeeding. We don’t want to see baby penises and vaginas any more than we want to see your breast and this is coming from a woman who has breastfed 4.

I miss the good old days when you did not need a hand-clap for feeding your baby. You did not have to have $1000 birthday parties for your kids or wear tight maternity dresses to show off you baby bump. I know that mess is not comfortable. It is itchy and hot!!! I honestly think it is this new feeling of entitlement and arrogance. We don’t care how you feed the baby…just feed him. We don’t care about your cloth diapers just change the diaper. These are things that are as natural as breathing but people want praise for every breath they take.

What you need to do is raise your kids to be the best THEY can be, not to show off how awesome a mom you are. You are supposed to be awesome because if you have the time and resources to search Pinterest for the best birthday parties and boutique clothes for your child, you can also find the best books, resources and activities to engage their minds and make them great.

Your likes may not be as many but your child does not care about thumbs or double-tap hearts. They care about you doing all you can to make them great. Pulling your breast out in the middle of Starbucks is about YOUR praise or attention seeking because the child is going to eat 10 times that day and could care less about one feeding that you made a statement with your breast out. Even a simple nursing bra gives coverage. I’ve done it and I know it is not necessary.

What are some things that have changed since you have brought up your kids? What are some things that you wish new moms understood?

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The Viper (Highland Guard, #4)The Viper by Monica McCarty
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I am normally not a fan of historical romance but Monica McCarty has converted me completely to this genre. I cannot stop reading this series. The women are strong, the men are heroic and the story is in depth. I will tell potential readers that this is a series you definitley want to start from the beginning and not mid-series. You will enjoy it so much more.
Lachlan “Viper” MacRuairi is our hero. We have met him throughout the other 3 books as we have all of the Highland guard. His eyes give him away and his past makes him who he is. That is until we meet Bella McDuff, whom we have also had glances of in previous books. She is a countess and is our brave heroine. She is one of the strongest and most inspirational women I have met in this entire series. Her strength and courage is also what attracts Viper.
The action in this book is non-stop. Bella, however, becomes a little annoying, which is the reason I have to give this book 4 stars. She really got on my nerves with her search for her daughter. I understood her plight but it got somewhat selfish and annoying as the book progressed. That is my only real complaint. But, MacRuairi made up for it, by showing us the reason his name is Viper. His action and fighting sequences are awesome and non-stop. Although, this is not a fantasy or paranormal genre the guys seem to do things that seem unbelievable but not in a bad way. It works and does not take a way from the story.
So far this is my favorite book in the series but I have a whole lot to go and I look forward to the rest of this series.

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The Harder You Fall (The Original Heartbreakers, #3)The Harder You Fall by Gena Showalter
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I loved this book. It was my favorite of the Heartbreakers series. I enjoyed this finale as well as the entire series because you can read these out of order and not be lost. Showalter, is one of my favorite authors because of her Lords of the Underworld series. She, however, does not disappoint with this romance series.
Lincoln and Jessie Kay have been fighting their desire for each other the entire series. I wondered how this would work considering she has already slept with Lincoln’s other friends. But, this is a book so anything is possible including water under the bridge. Once you get over that fact, the book becomes adorable. I love Jessie Kay’s playfulness and how she breaks down Lincoln’s walls. She uses her strongest asset, which is her very outgoing personality, to woo Lincoln. There is even some action going on with a jealous wanna-be lover. I don’t think Showalter can get away without putting a little action adventure into all of her books and she has once again done it in a believable way.
This a great series to pick up especially for a by the pool summer read. It is light and fun and of course sexy.

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Act of Mercy (PSI Ops, #1)Act of Mercy by Mandy M. Roth
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I was gvien this book for free for an honest book review. I have no idea where this book came from but WHERE HAVE I BEEN!!?? I loved this book so much. I laughed out loud so many times my kids thought I was crazy. These guys are hilarious and I am in love with them. Mercy is the heroin and she is a perfect. If a woman does not get on my nerves in a book she is a winner!! She was smart,helpful and not a pushover. I had no idea this was a spin-off of another series but I am a fan of this author and I definitely will check out her other books and the rest in this series.

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