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Once in a Lifetime
Jill Shalvis
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His Risk to Take
Tessa Bailey
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The Most Expensive Night of Her Life
Amy Andrews
Making It Last
Ruthie Knox
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Lila DiPasqua
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Young Fredle

Young Fredle - Cynthia Voigt, Louise Yates Listening to the audio book with my daughters. This is how we go to bed at night now.

The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Book 1)

The Lightning Thief - Rick Riordan Listening to the audiobook with my daughters at bedtime. Capitalizing on my oldest daughter's interest in myths.

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Library) (Harry Potter)

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban  - Jim  Dale, J.K. Rowling This is still my favorite Harry Potter novel. My 8 year old found it a little scary.

'Tis the Season for Kissing (Entangled Indulgence)

'Tis the Season to be Kissed - Amy Andrews Tamara is tired of the duds that she has been dating, and their hit it and quit it style once they hear she wants long term commitment. To resist the temptation of a New Year's Eve kiss that might lead to something more after a year of celibacy, Tamara hides out in her best friend's Vermont cabin to ring in the New Year alone while sticking to her no kiss until the 10th date rule. What she didn't count on was her BFF's little brother--the hunky, horny, and just spent 9 months in Afghanistan U.S. soldier--showing up. Luke can't resist the firery temperament of petite kindergarten teacher. There's something about her spunky attitude that warms his heart and ignites his passion.

When a snowstorm traps the two in the cabin, Luke bets Tamara that she will let him kiss her at midnight. With that challenge, Tamara tries to hold on to her resolve while Luke steadily tries to break it down. With alternating POVs, Amy Andrews quickly fleshes out what could have otherwise been two flat and cliched characters. She turns up the heat with the sexy banter and their even sexier inner-monologues. Two-thirds through the story and they haven't even kissed, but the passion is leaping off the page. You're completely vested and rooting for these two to get together. My only problem with this story was Tamara's hang up with the five year age difference between her and Luke. At 41, I'm a long way from 25 and 30 but I'm still young enough to remember that there isn't much of a difference between a 25 year old and a 30 year old and that 30 years old is still pretty damn young! Her dilemma might have been more believable if the difference had been a decade or more. But that's a small complaint. Do yourself a favor and grab this holiday story.

Asking for Trouble (A Line of Duty Novel) (Entangled Brazen)

Asking for Trouble - Tessa Bailey Sexy, addictive and romantic.

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

Narnia 2 - The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe - C.S. Lewis, Michael York Enjoyable. I wish I had read it when I was a child. Perhaps then I could have grown up to become an adult who enjoys fantasy novels. I loved the animated cartoon that used to air every year on television. The Jesus allegory is heavy, but probably only to the eyes of an adult. :-)

Taming His Tutor

Taming His Tutor - Natalie Anderson Taming the Tutor by Natalie Anderson: A Review
There’s nothing like a good children’s movie to engross your kids and sub-freezing weather to provide the perfect quiet to submerge yourself into a steamy romance novella. Although the premise of Taming the Tutor is as old as time, it is the sexy twist to Pygmalion that’ll keep you flipping through the pages.

Computer geek and magazine IT specialist, Abbi is trying to revamp her sex life since a former lover dumped her for being boring in the sack. Armed with sex toys, how to books, a sex advice columnist as a friend, and the guise of creating a Vixen App for her magazine’s female readers, Abbi goes headlong into tightening up her sex game (no pun intended). She doesn’t want to be just not boring, but absolutely unforgettable. Except she has one problem: she is too inexperienced to find a guy to test out her new knowledge.

In comes the handsome, love ‘em and leave ‘em, retired NBA player Joe Fuller. It’s lust at first sight all over again for Joe and Abbi, because she was his high school peer tutor and he’s been fantasizing about her ever since.

The story does take you on the expected erotic ride but it is an entertaining and enjoyable ride. Joe and Abbi engage in all sorts of sexy time. One a scale of 1 to 10, it is a solid six. It won’t singe your eyelashes, but it will reddened your cheeks. My only caveat, MILD SPOILER ALERT, there could have been a little more romance building between the two to give the ending the emotional punch it needed.

In short, Taming the Tutor is a like a steaming cup of hot cocoa with marshmallows on a cold day—it will satisfy you, warm you up but make you wish you had a bigger mug.

Little Owl Lost

Little Owl Lost - Chris Haughton An adorable picture book about a baby owl who becomes separated from his mother while sleeping. The pencil and computer animated pictures provide a surprisingly emotive characters, especially the worried baby owl. There's some laughs and the chance to make sound effects. Perfect for a preschool-first grade read a loud.

King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table (Junior Classics)

King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table (Junior Classics) (Classic Literature With Classical Music. Junior Classics) - Benedict Flynn, Katie Flynn, Sean Bean I'm really enjoying Sean Bean's narration.

First Aid Basics

First Aid Basics - Rebecca Weber Perfect, simply written and illustrated. I will use it with my Girl Scout troop.

50 Ways to Get Your CartOn: Recycle & Create Milk and Egg Carton Crafts That Rock

50 Ways to Get Your CartOn: Recycle & Create Milk and Egg Carton Crafts That Rock - Ellen Warwick, Stephan Britt Great arts and crafts projects to encourage recycling and reusing. Because of varying degrees of difficulty, perfect to do with all ages of children.

Sexy Feminism: A Girl's Guide to Love, Success, and Style

Sexy Feminism: A Girl's Guide to Love, Success, and Style - Jennifer Keishin Armstrong, Heather Wood Rudulph Made its point. Feminism etiquette for the 20 somethings.

Find a Cow Now!

Find a Cow Now! - Janet Stevens, Susan Stevens Crummel A city dog that was breed to herd cows gets restless, and is encouraged to find a cow by his parrot friend. Dog has a hard time finding one since he doesn't know what a cow looks like. I won't give it away, but the book is fun to read aloud or one on one. There's lots of animal sounds but the book is definitely for story times geared towards those out of diapers.

Animal Snackers

Animal Snackers - Betsy Lewin A fun poetry book about what animals eat. It is told in rhyming verse and can be used as a read aloud book for older children (1-3rd grade). Although it is categorized as poetry, the book's facts are accurate--a non-fiction science book that can double as a story book.

Eleanor & Park

Eleanor & Park - Rainbow Rowell A beautiful, brilliant, spare novel about two teen outcasts who experience love (and acceptance) for the first time. It is told in the alternating points of view of the hero (bi-racial Korean-American Park) and the heroine (red-headed Eleanor of Scandavian descent). Although it takes place in the 1986, the language nor the emotions feel dated. The third act had a surprise for me, but I felt it started too abruptly before racing to the ending. This is a book that sucks you in and doesn't let go. ALthough there was an over-arching feeling of doom, I was still committed to finishing this book and I'm glad I did.

Bink and Gollie, Two for One

Two for One - Alison McGhee, Kate DiCamillo, Tony Fucile I am officially a Bink & Gollie addict. Two for One is simply hilarious. I love how it catches the guilelessness of children without being sappy. The humor is both subtle and over-the-top. The more sophisticated the reader, the funnier the book becomes. My favorite thing about Bink & Gollie are their sometimes slightly age inappropriate insightful conversations. Below Bink and Gollie are deciding on their last event at state fair.

"What's next" said Bink....
"Destiny," said Gollie.
"Destiny?" said Bink. "Is it a ride?"
"In a manner of speaking," said Gollie.

OMG! What 8 year old talks like that? I love it.