Command Me (Royals Saga #1)

This book may be unsuitable for people under 18 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.
Command Me (Royals Saga #1)Command Me
Series: Royals Saga #1
Author: Geneva Lee
Published by Westminster Press
Published on 5th May 2014
Format: eBook
Genres: Adult, Drama, Erotica, Fiction, Romance
Pages: 361
My Rating: three-half-stars

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Synopsis:

When he kissed me, I was shocked. He was a stranger and still so familiar. It wasn't until I woke up to my picture splashed on the cover of tabloids that I realized I knew who he was.

Prince Alexander of Cambridge.

Royal bad boy.

Exiled heir to the throne.

He isn't Prince Charming. He's controlling. He's demanding. He's dangerous. And I can't say no to him.

We both have secrets—secrets that could tear us apart or drive us closer together—and as the paparazzi exposes each one, I have to decide just how far I'm willing to go for King and Country.

For readers 18 and up due to mature, erotic scenarios.

Formerly titled For King and Country


 

Review:

This was a rather good book. I liked the twist that it was a royal prince that was the bad boy. An English prince non-the-less! What poppycock! 😉 he he 😛

This book had great description in it, it certainly wasn’t lacking in that area. Both the sexual scenes and the more everyday scenes were fantastic.

The characters were well-developed and well-rounded. A lot of ‘well’s’ lol. I couldn’t fault the characters because they were very realistic with real problems. Anything me and you would worry about, it’s in the book. Ten points there.

Main flaws with the story? “I love you so much, I’m so deeply in love with you I want to fuck you like crazy”… basic plot line. Not, “I love you so much I want to kiss you tenderly and show you with romance and wooing”, no… love = a quick fuck to put it bluntly. Where has all the romance gone?? 

I actually accidentally bought the next book on my kindle while trying to bookmark my place. Needless to say I got a few pages in and had to put it down.

Overall, the actual description, characters and story idea are fantastic, but I think the basis of love needs a little work. You can still have an erotica novel with sweet love, you can make it as kinky as you like. Don’t get me wrong, I know sex is an expression of love… but this book seems to merge sex and love into one and I don’t like that. It comes across as love = sex. Needless to say it’s a good read, but not really for me. 

The Promise (Creative Writing)

Creative Writing

 

With a little inspiration… 😉

 


Auraya Sanders sat there slouched on her lazy but reliable beige sofa. It had always been there for her through the thick of it. It was never too busy working or looking after kids, it just was.
Ponderously swishing around her glass of rosé she thought of the guys she’d recently dated… none successfully. Why was that?
The first was a younger man called Henry, he was quite charming in his own way. He was confident until you got to know him, then you just noticed the paranoia. Why was everyone looking at him? The truth was they wasn’t. She thought she was lucky to get out of there while she did – after only three dates he sent her a suicide text after having his bike stolen. Don’t think so sweetheart.
The second seemed all but perfect, believe it or not another Henry. He was older, more mature. The way he gazed into her eyes made her feel like she was his world. The dates were always fun and exciting, but Auraya never met his friends, always some excuse or another. Just when she was getting comfortable he ends it… “it’s the e-cigs” he said. Yeah, right. Try the truth next time player.
Sighing deeply she sipped on her wine and opened the Ferrero Rocher that had been beckoning to her this whole time.
Number three and four… not very promising. Some guys from online dating sites but nothing really seemed to click. They’ve deleted their ads now so that’s that.
Number five… well now, Number Five, capital letters and all. A sexy, well-built Eastern European stallion called Aleksy. Dirty blonde hair that turned a beautiful shade in the summer, total gent through and through, the ability to defend a woman even before she knows she needs it. And them eyes! A gorgeous blue as deep and treacherous as the sea. Only, the sea would probably be safer.
Auraya refilled her glass and sipped it bitterly as she remembered Aleksy. He seemed to be everything she wished in a man; polite and well-mannered, but also very sensual. A man who could help her explore her more adventurous side. Well-travelled too.
She tried to think where she went wrong. How could she go wrong? She was cool and calm. He liked her, or so she thought. He said he wanted to kiss her enough times. The problem was, he never called back. One minute they had plans, she was finally in grasp of that elusive kiss, then it all seemed over. What happened?
Delicate green eyes fluttered closed as she lay her head back to daydream about dear Aleksy. Could she bring herself to hate him? They had never been alone together. Never even touched, only dreams were filled with such things. She imagined the yearnings finally being fulfilled as she reached out for an age and finally touched the back of his palm with the tips of her fingers. Such electricity! Such forbidden pleasure. Just to touch him, even just a hand! It filled her with desire and a primal yearning for more. If she felt like this over touching him what on earth would she do if he touched her back? Or God forbid, kiss her?
She’d imagined this scene a thousand times. They would meet for the first time on a busy overpass, trains underneath. Swaying her hips to the beat of her music as she walked towards him, feigning confidence as her heart threatened to give out. Then his smile as he reaches the summit. The way it reached his eyes. A smile that could stop wars and make the world shine. Aleksy. Her Aleksy. Her angel. She’d remove her headphones and as she reached him he’d stroke her cheek gently like they’d been apart for a thousand years or more. Then kiss her so softly it could have been a dream. The tender touch of his hand on hers the only proof this wasn’t a dream.
Then she’d remind herself it was just that – a dream. Nothing wrong with a dream girl, but it’s just that – a dream, a fantasy, fake.
Auraya just couldn’t understand her luck in love, or lack of it. She knew she would make a good wife one day; she was patient, kind-hearted, a great cook, she liked to learn, to have fun… but doesn’t every other woman too? That’s the problem. Too many other women. No chance to let her heart shine through. She was a pretty thing but that seemed to count for nothing now’er days. Guys who noticed that were only after one thing and she couldn’t care less about that.
But Aleksy… just the mere thought of him could drive that dying ember into an inferno of such strength and intensity it scared even Auraya. Alas, it’s not to be. At least not just yet.
A forbidden tear escaped down her face as she pulled the homemade crocheted blanket up to her chin, silently vowing that no man was worth it who didn’t value her.

 


 

What do you think? *tentative smile* he he.

 

Thursday Quotables: Empress Orchid

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Thursday Quotables is a meme hosted by Bookshelf Fantasies. This is a weekly feature to highlight a great quote, line, or passage discovered during your reading each week. Whether it’s something funny, startling, gut-wrenching, or just really beautifully written, Thursday Quotables is where we share our favourite lines. You can join in too by visiting their website and adding your blog post!

 

Empress orchid

Empress Orchid by Anchee Min

First Published: 2003

 

“When you are in love with a man, you will change. I am telling you from experience, the pain is unbearable. You will feel your heart being stir-fried in a hot pan.”

“I better make sure I don’t fall in love, then.”

“You might not be able to control things.”

“Why?”

“Well, because to love is to live – at least that’s true for me.”

 

Such a beautiful quote! I love how simply it describes love. It shows both the hurt and the beauty.

 

What do you think?

 

Stood Up *Again*

Musings

 

Well, I had a date planned today with Captain America. I was really looking forward to it actually, I was so nervous the night before I couldn’t stop scratting at my nails.

Last week he told me the date but never set a time. Yesterday I asked for a time and he said he didn’t know yet. I took that as positive because he never cancelled, right? Ever the optimist.

Needless to say it’s now 8:36pm and I’ve received no texts, calls, anything. My phone shows me that he hasn’t even read them yet. Unless there’s been a tragedy of some kind I’m not likely to forgive him. 

The thing is, this is the second time. The first time I was the one who suggested the date (a Thursday) and he said maybe – which is fair do’s. Turned out he had to drive a friend to the airport (a few hours away) so I decided to give him the benefit of the doubt and give him a second chance. This time he was the one who set the date.

 

Eugh!!!!

 

What’s a girl to do?

 

He treats you like the world when he’s with you and makes promises. I’ve never been alone with this guy (hence the importance of a date so I can get to know him better and visa versa) but it seems I’m ‘out of sight out of mind’.

If I’m really that high on his priorities I think I know where he can put it. I want a man who values me. I have a lot to give and I’m not waiting for a bloke who doesn’t think I’m worth his time. Why should I? 

How can you treat someone with nothing but respect in person, but when it comes to meeting them alone – you flake?

 

*Sigh*

 

I’m just venting. I’m very frustrated.

 

What makes it worse? There was this guy who had some potential on one of the dating websites and he’s deleted his profile lol. 

 

I just don’t understand why I keep getting stood up. I’ve played it cool (not needy), but I seriously can’t be asked with games. You try to play me and you lose. 

 

So again…

 

WHAT THE HELL?!!!

 

What’s Your Favourite Genre?

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There’s a lot of genre-specific book blogs out there, this one isn’t one of them. 

 

Today I’m wondering what your favourite genre is. Do you have one? Or do you have multiple favourite genres like me?

 

My top genres are:

  • Romance
  • Historical Fiction
  • Chick-lit
  • Supernatural
  • Fantasy (the good ones 😉 )

So yeah, more than one! He he.

 

What’s your favourite?

 

Empress Orchid (Empress Orchid #1)

Empress Orchid (Empress Orchid #1)Empress Orchid
Series: Empress Orchid #1
Author: Anchee Min
Published by Mariner Books
Published on 11th April 2005
Format: eBook
Genres: Cultural, Drama, Fiction, Historical, Historical Fiction, Romance
Pages: 368
My Rating: five-stars

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Synopsis:

To rescue her family from poverty and avoid marrying her slope-shouldered cousin, seventeen-year-old Orchid competes to be one of the Emperor's wives. When she is chosen as a lower-ranking concubine she enters the erotically charged and ritualised Forbidden City. But beneath its immaculate façade lie whispers of murders and ghosts, and the thousands of concubines will stoop to any lengths to bear the Emperor's son.

Orchid trains herself in the art of pleasuring a man, bribes her way into the royal bed, and seduces the monarch, drawing the attention of dangerous foes. Little does she know that China will collapse around her, and that she will be its last Empress.


 

Review:

This is the third time I’ve read this book and it’s just as good the third time around as the first.

Empress Orchid is one of those books that’s full of history and totally immerses you in the culture and time when China still had an Emperor, this is exactly why I love this book.

The characters are realistic and historical and you really sympathise with Orchid’s plight. You really feel that she’s balanced on a double-edged knife and one move could land her dead. I love her character progression because it shows what a strong character she becomes while pretending to be a ‘mere female’.

The world-development is amazing, you really feel like you’re in imperial China. I love reading this book simply so I can be ‘flashed back’ to the time period and culture, the author does it so well!

Considering this book is based on a true story it’s pretty darn interesting. It makes for a great fictional read but when you consider some of these events really happened, it’s actually pretty scary. Can you imagine living in a world where your life is in a gilded cage? Where one wrong move could leave you dead, or worse, buried alive?

I would highly recommend this book. If anything this book gets better the more times you read it. 

Checkout Girl My Life on the Supermarket Conveyor Belt

Checkout Girl My Life on the Supermarket Conveyor BeltCheckout Girl My Life on the Supermarket Conveyor Belt
Author: Tazeen Ahmad
Published by Friday Project
Published on August 1st 2009
Format: eBook
Genres: Biography & Autobiography, Humor, Non-Fiction
Pages: 262
My Rating: dnf

Click here for the Goodreads page

Synopsis:

How much do you know about what really goes on at your local supermarket? We see them every week and they are privy to some of our most intimate secrets - those we wouldn't even share with our closest friends. To us they are the anonymous helpers for whom nothing is too much trouble. But for them, every customer has a part in a gripping soap-opera of lovers' tiffs, family feuds and extraordinary innuendos - turning the daily life of a checkout girl into a hilariously entertaining farce. As we began to contend with the recession, Tazeen Ahmad realised that the supermarket checkout was the perfect place to gauge how the nation was coping with increasing job cuts, sky-high food prices and a billion pound hole in our economy. The answer, it turns out, was with white bread, ice cream and lots and lots of potatoes. Sworn at, flirted with and at the receiving end of endless customer rants, The Checkout Girl is the deliciously gossipy memoir of life on the supermarket conveyor belt where each one of us has unwittingly had a walk-on part. Reading her story will change the way you shop forever.


 

Review:

This book was recommended to me by a friend who works at Tesco. She said this book was hilarious and she just couldn’t put it down.

Well, three words: DNF.

As someone who’s never worked at a supermarket, I CAN’T relate to the book. Yes, I sympathise with your plight, but to me it’s just babble.

My main problem with this book is it comes across as if someone’s just wrote a book full of complaints. I can’t see any humour at all, it’s all complaints! If I wanted complaints I would talk to someone with issues, ok? I picked up the book because it promised to be funny and it just isn’t.

I think it’s more suited to someone who HAS worked in a supermarket. My theory is: I work with the public too, but in the first 20% (that’s all I gave it) I still can’t relate and it’s just MORE complaining!!! EUGH!! I don’t read books because I want to hear complaints!! And no, it isn’t a dry sense of humour (I get along with that well), it’s just complaints *glares*

So yes, I don’t recommend it at all. Unless you like complaints of course lol.

Yes! I disappeared AGAIN! 13/5/16

Updates

 

I can’t tell you all how happy I am.

 

1st. My dad is alive and well at home. His recovery is going very smooth and he hopes the docs will give him the all clear to start driving again next week, he’s an impatient little bugger 😉

 

2nd. Work! This is actually the main reason I went missing again. I’ve joined something like a work committee that tries to boost employee moral. Either way I’m really enjoying myself! I started with little ideas to put in place to make people smile and they all got approved. I’ve spent the last week or so planning events similar to the Krypton Factor and Mastermind. I’ve also researched a lot into local activities we can do like crazy golf, foot golf, go karting, etc. AND I’ve been trying to look into a staff poker event and am trying to create a staff quiz! So yes, quite busy but I’m actually really enjoying it 😀 I’m getting a lot done and I’m proud of what I’ve achieved with the help of the rest of the team. I’ll keep you updated on how it goes 🙂

 

3rd. Captain America finally asked me out yesterday. To be honest it was rather unexpected, I’d finally persuaded myself he was too busy for anything and BOOM! So I’m getting very nervous now lol. Roll on Wednesday.

 

I hope you can all understand why I’ve been M.I.A again. I’ve been SO busy I’ve hardly had time to do anything, but yes I prefer it this way. I have managed to read a few books 🙂 I’ll write the reviews soon.

 

 

The Sunday Post #50

Sunday postThe Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba at the Caffeinated Book Reviewer.

This post is a chance to share news. A post to recap the past week, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up for the week on our blog.

 

What’s New?

This week has been totally hectic. My dad was diagnosed with an aneurysm about two weeks ago. He goes to see the walk-in doctor last Sunday complaining of queasiness and backache… tells him to go to A&E immediately. Turns out it’d been stretching, it’s about to burst. So he’s been in hospital all week waiting for the doctors to decide what to do. Some didn’t want to operate because he was “too old”, he’s in his 70’s. Thankfully the head surgeon put them in their places and said if he can pass the tests they’d operate. He had the operation on Friday, it was a brand new procedure and it halves the recovery time. From going from 50% chance of living, he’s survived 🙂 Needless to say me and mum are over the moon now because we’ve been in limbo. Hopefully he should be home between Sunday and Tuesday 😀

I thought it was over before it started with Captain America. As it turns out he’s been rushed off his feet (and it shows). We spoke for hours the other day and I thought that was really sweet, it really took my mind off my dad for a little while. So yes, I can have my hopes up! he he.

 

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Memes:

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Stacking the Shelves #14

stacking the shelves

 

Stacking The Shelves is a meme by Tynga’s Reviews. It’s all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual. This means you can include books you buy in physical store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and of course ebooks!

 

Bought:

the checkout girl emergency laughter

 

Kindle Unlimited:

life with no breaks the basics of basketball

 

As you can see I’ve gone for a more light-hearted theme this week. I want to thank the checkout girl in Tesco for these beautiful recommendations!

 

What do you think?