Book Review – My Favorite Husband

My Favorite Husband

When I saw the book My Favorite Husband by Pam McCutcheon all I was thinking was that no matters what I have to see how this story ends. The title had me intrigued but I started to read and the story began to unfold all I kept saying in my head was that the very thought of this situation was insane. I don’t like to give out spoilers so here is the blurb that the author has written for the book.

My Favorite Husband BlurbAfter five years of being lost in the Amazon, archaeologist Chaz Vincent has finally come home to his wife, Kelly, only to learn that she has had him declared dead. When he attends his own funeral, Chaz finds out that Kelly married another man just that morning. Now she has to choose between them. Who will be her favorite husband?

As I read more and more about Kelly as she tried to figure out which husband she was going to choose I had several laugh out loud moments. There was nothing, and I truly mean nothing, straight forward about this situation because each of these individuals seems to have more than one love interest that seems willing to go to extremes to get this guy or gal. The back and forth reactions of the characters in this story had me laughing and I enjoyed every moment I spent reading it. It’s an amazing change of pace and I strongly recommend this book.

So go on over and check out My Favorite Husband by Pam McCutcheon and see what you think about the story. You can find it on Amazon.

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Married Life

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Sometimes you get in your own way.

One thing I know about marriage is that it isn’t easy to move your way forward, both the spouse and I have to be on the same page as well as reading the same line. That being said, Mr. Divine and I had our first disagreement of sorts. The fact that my husband traveled so often for work like a worm that was festering in the back of my mind. When he was away he was always in contact with both myself and the children, but its the fact he is not here that gets to me.  Add to that, my mind drifts to the fact I was clueless about what my Ex had been doing all those years and the insane scenarios start to take over my mind.

 

I was so in a grip of confusion that when Mr. Divine called, I made up so many stupid excuses not to talk to him. For most of his trip, I avoided his calls and stewed. I had let the past and all the things that my Ex had been doing and I didn’t know about and came up with the possibility that Mr. Divine may be doing that same thing to me. All the while I was in my head, the kids had spoken to Mr. Divine and he had cut his trip short. I was beyond shocked when he showed up and called me out of work.

All Revealed

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Like the rising sun, the situation could no longer be hidden.

 

“You see,” said Kylie. “I told you I’m not the only one he has been bugging. I guess their parents skipped coming to the school and went right to the police.”

The officer that came in, make that officers, were not street cops but high ranking officers. I guess someone had gone to the top with their complaint.

The officers looked around the room from our angry faces to the boy sitting in the corner of the room rocking back and forth crying.

“What is the issue here?” asked one of the officers.

“The young lady and her parents have said the boy has been giving her double,” said the principal.

“Define trouble,” said the other officer.

“Sexual assault,” said Kylie before the principal could replay.

“The girl is just exaggerating. The boy was just playing,” said Mr. X with a laugh.

“Playing? From the conversation I overheard my niece having and the bruises I saw on her arms and thighs when I got her to tell me what happened, this is no game.”

“Are you Nadisha’s uncle or Ashley’s? Those are the two girls  he has been bugging for the last two weeks.”

“No. My niece doesn’t go to school here. This incident happened on the bus last Friday.”

The officer took out a phone and showed the principle pictures. The man was visibly shocked.

Taking out a notebook the officer turned to my daughter.

“Can I have the names of those two other young ladies? We will need to talk to them. Can you tell us what happened.”

My daughter told her story including the part about the teacher doing nothing. The officers gave Mr. X. a long look and finally he has the look of shame on his face.

“From the magnitude of this situation we going to have to take this situation to the station. This involves too many girls and this is a dangerous situation.”

Saddened the principle nodded.

“On that note,” said Mr. Divine. “I would like my daughter’s transcripts before I leave. She is not coming back to this school. Not with a teacher who turns a blind eye to sexual assault. Never.

“I was shocked he took things as far as removing Kylie from school but I understood it. The safety of the children was always his first priority and for that I loved him.

It seemed like Kylie would be starting privet school later in the week. Mr. Divine moved that fast, that fast.

Book Review – The Chocolate Cure

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I love chocolate and a good book, and I must admit I read this book because of the title, The Chocolate Cure (Love at the Chocolate Shop Book 4) by Roxanne Snopek. It caught my attention and I wanted to know what it was about. That being said, I’m glad I let the chocolate lead me to this story, it was an enjoyable read. The main character Maddie, like most of us, is beautifully flawed but trying her hardest to get things together. Her method of self-correction was through the use of a new years resolution. I think a lot of use have been there, and she is determined to stop what she perceives as a downward spiral of her life due to bad choices. The opinion she has of herself and where she is right now as a person is close to self-loathing about her perceived failure.

Despite that, life has different ideas for this character, just like it often does for us, and the things she thinks she must give up are now clamoring for her attention. Facing her fear and sticking to her principles despite the consequences is something this character does and I couldn’t help but cheer for a happy ending for her. Life is not always easy and we often make choices, then second guess these same choices again and again. I enjoyed discovering how Maddie worked her way through to get to point where she was happy with her life.

Have a read and see what you think of, The Chocolate Cure (Love at the Chocolate Shop Book 4) by Roxanne Snopek.

Christmas Past

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Some of the Christmas decorations that were to be seen as we drove out and about.

 

This is the last of my catch-up post and from now on things will be about what is going on right now, as well as short and sweet.

When Christmas came last year, things were a buzz of excitement in my house. I’m used to the kids being excited for this time of year, but this time it was like they were almost jumping out of their skin for the season to come. They were so eager they started to get the house ready even before I asked. In fact, they were asking me, and by the 3rd of December they had the house decorated on the outside and were urging me to get a live Christmas tree so they could decorate it. I got it and by the next weekend we had the tree up.

Mr. Divine has been traveling for the past three weeks and he came home the same time as the tree was going up. He dropped everything and helped us and we ended up having an amazing time putting that tree together. When we were done, we got out a tub of ice cream and enjoyed the lights as they flickered against the walls. It was the perfect way to end our night.

With Mr. Divine here, several events were added to our Christmas social calendar. It was interesting, the huge difference in the types of social experiences my children and I now encountered because of being his wife. I have done more socializing with him in the last year than I did in my pass marriage of just over eighteen years. It was an uplifting experience. We also went to my mother’s house and had the most amazing time. When she had first met Mr. Divine, she took him aside and had a long talk. It seems she decided to give him a top-up on the previous talk for Christmas. From whatever he said to her she was content and came back to us with a huge smile on her face.

We had a wild family-filled and social Christmas last year and from what I understand they have already started planning what we are going to do for Easter this year. I can hardly wait.  To me, this is what life is supposed to be about, family, love and happiness.

Book Review – She Sins at Midnight

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I’ve read a lot of books, but She Sins at Midnight by Whitney Dineen, this one had me laughing long and loud at the antics and comments made by the main character, Lila Montgomery. Here is the blurb so you have an idea of what the story is about.

She Sins at Midnight Blurb

Lila Montgomery, thirty-two-year-old Hollywood assistant extraordinaire, has a secret. On the outside, she’s a hard-working dedicated employee, a good friend, and a loving daughter. But above all else, she’s been raised to be a lady, which of course is why she’s determined to conceal her secret life. If her straight-laced friends and family back home ever discover that she is really the smashing new author of a steamy romance novel, their disapproval would shame her forever! That’s why Lila has chosen to publish her sexy narrative under the nom de plume, Jasmine Sheath.

With her fifteenth high school class reunion on the horizon, Lila finds herself at a crossroads. More than anything she wants to go home and see her childhood friends but is embarrassed that she hasn’t accomplished the things she feels she should have by this time in her life; mainly marriage and children.

After another brutal run-in with Melinda Forrester, Oscar nominated actress and client of her boss, Josh Furber, Lila decides that fleeing Hollywood for a month is the best thing for her. Lila packs her bags for her childhood home of Bentley Hills, sure that her friends and family will be the touchstone of normalcy that she so desperately needs. What she doesn’t expect is that Melinda will follow her and a tabloid media circus will ensue!

Not only does Lila discover that her home is nothing like she remembers, but she meets and falls in love with the very man that inspired the hero in her novel.

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Now back to my opinion of  She Sins at Midnight. Just a page or two into the story I was laughing and truly enjoying every word I was reading. The author brought me closer into the lives of the characters and painted a riveting picture of the events as they unfolded. As an added, bonus Lila Montgomery is also an author and as we read this story, we also get to read parts of the book she had written as herself and various other characters in this book buy and read her book.

The story Lila writes is interlaced with the main story is just as witty and funny as the main story and adds a unique element to the book. Every part of this story comes together to be a truly entertaining read and I strongly recommend this book to anyone who wants to read a fun story with a lovely ending.

Slipping Away

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Happy with the man I love.

When dinner at the hotel restaurant finished on the evening of my wedding, my now husband stood up and held his hand out to me. He wanted us to have our first dance together as a couple and I so did I. While we ate, music was playing in the restaurant and it seems that when he sent a signal to someone, the song he wanted started to play.

“May I have this dance Mrs……” Let’s call me Mrs. Divine. Lol. It was amazing and I was content in the arms of a man who love me as much as I loved him.

When everything was over, I found myself being handed into the plush seats of a taxi. It was on of the newest models of Range Rover and the trip was like floating on a cloud. Mr. Divine cuddled me against his chest and I closed my eyes, too happy to care where I was going.

I didn’t realise how tired I was but suddenly I felt myself being lifted. I came awake fully to find myself being laid on a plush comforter. I didn’t have a clue where I was but in truth, I wasn’t worried. I was content. Turning over I looked up at Mr. Divine and found him laying on his elbow looking down at me.

“Hello my love,” he whispered to me before he leaned over and pressed his lips against mine. With a sigh of pleasure, I reached for him and cuddled against his body.

“Hello,” I whispered back to him and closed my eyes as I rested my head against his chest. “Did I tell you what an amazing man you are and that I’m truly happy to be your wife?”

I got another kiss for my question. “The fact you walked down the aisle is an indication of your love. The fact that I have gained you trust and your love, humbles me.”

Pushing him down onto the bed I snuggled against him. I had never been so happy in my life. “You worked for and gained every bit of that thrust yo now have.”

I held him tight for several minutes then slipped out of the bed and he turned over and watched my every move. I stood in the mirror and watched him watching me as I started to take down my hair. When it fell down my back I watched him smile.

Twisting my hair I dropped it over one shoulder and Mr. Divine got up and came to me. I watched as he traced the buttons of my dress all the way down to the bottom of my spine.

“Were all these buttons on this dress designed to torture me?

He reached up and started to unbutton them one after the other.

“No,” I said with a laugh. “Would I do that?”

He laughed with me as he continued his task then gasped as he pushed the dress off of my shoulders.

“Ahhhhh, so this is what you were hiding under your dress.”

While Mr. Divine helped I stepped out of the dress and he got to see my ensemble of a cream lace corset with daring lace pushup and scandalous underwear. I had decided to abandon the suspender belt and stockings because the wedding ceremony was on the beach.

“I bought it especially for you. Do you like it?”

Slowly he traced his fingers along one to the ribs of the corset before he paused, just under my breast and gave me a teasing smile.

“I think like is to mild a word to describe my emotions.”

Taking my hand, he pulled me towards the divan at the foot of the bed and settled me in his lap. He took up a flat rectangular box from next to him and placed it on his lap. It had been right there on the divan all along but I had been oblivious.

I look at him and tried to get a hint of what it was about all I got was a smile.

“Open it,” he whispered against my neck as he trailed his nose over my skin.

I cuddled closer to him as I opened the box. My jaw dropped at what I discovered. It was a scandalously tiny bikini with a card to go with it.

I open the card slowly.  After I read it I looked up at him even more shocked.

“Two weeks?”

“Correct,” he whispered against my lips.

“You and I on a privet yacht and all you need is this sexy bit of red string and may be a few other things. I have everything you need waiting for you.

“Yes,” I sighed against his lips. “Always yes.”

I yield to his perfect touch, and for the rest of the night and into the early hours of the morning I fell under the spell of his unrelenting pleasure. Come morning, I didn’t have the energy or inclination to move, but I didn’t need to. My breakfast was brought to me I was awoken by the type of pleasure any woman wants a lifetime of.

After I checked in on the kids and told them goodbye, that naughty man insisted on dressing me in that tiny combination of string and a coverup. When I say dressed I mean was dressed. That man was intent on keeping me aware of his touch.

Mr. Divine went as far as blindfolding me and leading me to the boat. When he slipped off the silk scarf I couldn’t speak.

“It’s…It’s so amazing.” I spun around and jumped into his arms. Like always he caught me.

“Anything and I mean anything, to make you happy.”

Like he said, he had everything I needed there and we sailed away two hours after I boarded. I have never been so pampered in my life and I loved the amazing islands we visited.

The tiny red bikini was one of several and naughty as they were, I enjoyed wearing them. There was a privet deck that was outside our stateroom and that was where Mr. Divine encouraged me to explore and be adventurous.  That naughty man actually got me to sunbath nude and one night we even went skinny dipping we had a wild amazing time together and I’m truly happy that I married this amazing me.

Interesting, New Stuff

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To me, a discovery is like a shooting star, something new to find put about.

It’s the first week back at work and school and it has gone well. Having a plan of what we want to do is really helping and this week was flawless–but that is this week. We’ll see how things continue to go as the weeks go by. Martial Arts for all of us starts next week. Mr. Divine has gotten a long time friend, who he has discovered is living in our country for the next year because of his job, to be our teacher. He also plans to train with us so this is going to be interesting. This will be no laid back class because when it comes to our safety, Mr. Divine will not compromise.

I’m thinking of taking up a new sport, but with all the activities we have planned for the coming months I’ll have to see what happens. No matter what, it’s about doing more and discovering new thing. I can hardly wait.

The Big Day

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The photographer captured this beautiful memory.

 

It is funny that I’m starting the year playing catch up. Right now I still telling the part of the story of what had happened to me last year, but I want to make sure I’m getting everything down correctly so it is taking time. In truth I don’t mind because I rather get my story out right, than quick. So on to the main event.

When my wedding day dawned, I was fighting with every cell in my body to remain calm. It wasn’t that I was frightened but that I was excited for what’s to come. True I have been married before but I went into that situation with blinders on. No, make that blindfolded,

Anyway. For my special day, I was determined to be chilled and happy so I arranged for a massage that stripped every ounce of tension from my body. I’ve never experienced anything so amazing. It’s a good thing I choose to get that massage in my hotel room so all I had to do was to roll off of the massage table and get into the bed.

When I finally woke up on my wedding day, the sun was shining and it was flawlessly beautiful outside. I turned over almost limp but rested and content. My sister came in and found me chilling on my bed with a stupid, happy smile all over my face.

“Well, there is no need to ask you if you are good. If your smile got any wider your cheeks would split,” said Linda.

With a laugh, I threw off my sheet and got out of bed to be hugging by my sister. It was good to have her here and happy to be a part of my wedding because at the last one everyone was tense and angry.

“This is the right one finally Lindsay,” said my sister. “I’m sorry you had to endure such a horrible marriage for so long but you have found the right guy now.”

Linda hugged me tight before he held away from her by the shoulders before pulling me close and hugging me again. I tried not to think too much about her words, only about the good place I was in. To me, that was all that mattered today.

From then on a flurry of activity began. I got a shower and as my breakfast arrived so did the photographer. Then it was down to business. I got a manicure, pedicure, and mini-massage while the others got their nails and hair done. Then it was my turn and I closed my eyes and floated off to a quiet place as the hairdresser did my hair. I refused to look in the mirror and let everything come together. Hair, nails, make-up and finally the dress that took my breath away in that shop in New York.

I closed my eyes and let the others dress me until finally when everything was in place I turned around and looked into the mirror. I could hardly believe I was seeing my own reflection in front of me. I looked so different. That was when I finally looked around the room and saw my daughter looking like a storybook princess in her dress. It took every ounce of my mental strength not to cry off that makeup.

“Kylie baby you look so beautiful.” She hugged me with a wide smile.

“You too mommy. You look like…I can’t find the words. Amazing is just too simple a word for how good you look.”

“Thank you, Kylie. Thank you for helping me to get this dress. If it wasn’t for you I don’t know what I would be wearing.”

Around us, the photographer was clicking away and I slipped back into my happy daze as the time came for me to make my way to my groom.

The actual ceremony was set to take place on the beach and rather heels I wore a pair of white sandals with glitter and sequins. When I got to the top of the aisle to walk down, the beauty of what was before me took my breath away.

The flowers that were around the arch, along with the cream coloured tulle that flowed in the wind gave the beach a fairy tail atmosphere. I looked down the aisle and in front of that arch was the man I was about to marry, Mr. Divine. Our guest stood as I stepped onto the aisle of rose petals and began to walk towards my man.

When I reached Mr. Divine and slipped my hand into his, everything felt right. On that beautiful beach, I said my vows and joined my life with this amazing man. I have never felt so happy in all my life. Not even when I got married before had it felt so good.

The day was a blur but the key thing I remember was that I was so happy about everything. As we said our vows I had to fight not to cry but several tears escaped. Mr. Divine wiped each of them away and when he kissed me as we were named husband and wife those tears just dried right up. I was starting a new part of my life, with an amazing man, and I could hardly wait.

Book Review – Love Him or List Him

Hi guys. Here it is. My first ever book review and I have chosen Love Him or List Him (Sunday Afternoon Series Book 2) by Aprille L. Thomas. Check out the blurb below then I’ll let you know what I think.

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Blurb

Three guys, three different personalities. But together, they make up her perfect man.

Some girls have all the luck.

Jolie Osborne, an up-and-coming real estate agent at one of Barbados’s well established firms, spends her days helping people find their perfect match. And she’s found hers… in Brian, Rafi and Nash.

For over a year, Jo has managed to keep her fast-paced work life and complex private life totally separate. At work, her colleagues watch in wonder as the free-spirited, easy-going shopaholic fashionably juggles a hot-tempered boss and clients who never quite seem to know what they want. After hours, she enjoys the company of three completely contrasting, yet amazingly alluring men. Life in paradise couldn’t be sweeter.

That is, until her sunny skies come to a stormy halt during her best friend’s charity dog show at Apes Hill. Jo’s isolated worlds suddenly collide and her neatly woven web of secrets start unravelling all around her. Her colleagues are shocked to learn the ugly truth. Natalie wants nothing to do with her. And her disgruntled lovers give her the worst ultimatum ever: love me or list me.

Can Jo put the shattered pieces of her life back together? Will she mend her broken relationships before it’s too late? And which guy will she choose?

Well what can I say about this book but yikes from start to finish but what an amazing yikes. Lol. I really enjoyed the story and understand what she was fighting to find, even though I know I could have never been as brave or as boldfaced as her to have three guys at the same time. Then again guys do it all the time so why can’t a girl. Just my opinion.

When it comes to the main character Jolie, I love her bold effervescent personality which she showcases in her choice of clothes. She shines as a person but the problem in her love life stems from her past and her inability to reconcile it in her mind. Her actions may be considered wrong by many but Jolie is a woman searching for the love she needs even though may say her methods were wrong.

Like I said before. I really enjoyed this story. The way how the truth unfolds about Jolie’s life made me smile. It was real and raw but the thing that touched me the most is that Jo grew as a person. The author is descriptive and I got a perfect visual of not only the characters but in the story but what they were wearing, the stunning properties and views they were exposed to and much more. A good read, no, make that a must read in my opinion.

Check it out and see what you think and let me know.