Last night, I made cinammon baked apples, with brown sugar and butter. Josh went out to buy vanilla ice cream to have with them and came home with a chocolate/vanilla mix (all the store had). Here’s my friendly word of advice for you all…do not EVER mix chocolate ice cream–not even just a little bit–with cinammon apples. Totally disgusting. We ended up dumping our bowls in the garbage. Josh thought I was overreacting when I spit my first bite out but he quickly learned the truth. Blech, blech, blech. Too bad because the apples turned out really good.
Yesterday I took some much needed time away from the computer and read two books. In my continued bid to make Alyssa anxious by causing her to wonder if I’m cracking the spines of the books I bought her (the answer is no), I tried reading Jewel of Atlantis by Gena Showalter. She is a hit or miss for me (I liked Awaken Me Darkly but didn’t care for Stone Prince at all) and I found myself having trouble getting into this one. I would probably go back to it, if I was going to keep it lying around, but I found it didn’t capture my attention right now. I’m going to send this one on to Alyssa and wait to hear reports from other readers to see if I need to get my own copy.
Instead I read Something Wicked by Evelyn Vaughn (yet another I picked up for Alyssa, hee). It’s a February Bombshell release and continues her Grail Keepers series. I enjoyed the first two, AKA Goddess and Her Kind of Trouble. While this one follows a different heroine, it was still enjoyable. I didn’t like it as much as I liked the others, not completely loving the main characters, but I’ll keep following the series because I like the concept and the mythology discussed in the books.
I also read A Man in a Kilt by Sandy Blair. I won this book from…somewhere. It’s marketed as a historical romance but it’s actually a time travel romance. The story was good, not great and again I wasn’t completely captured by the main characters…or the plot. It was all rather meh, to me. I was left with a feeling of dissatisfaction at the end because the author sent the heroine back in time, changing the hero’s past and thus the future of the people left behind. Yet the epilogue doesn’t allude to this at all. This is the problem with time travel novels for me and this one left me with the feeling even more of a big ole’ world-building, time traveling paradox that the author either deliberatly ignored or just flat out didn’t really think about (I find this hard to believe). The characters “left behind” in the future and shown in the epilogue wouldn’t actually be there any longer as their reason for existing was removed when the heroine went back in time. Paradox. I have another book by her, A Rogue in a Kilt, which seems to be another time travel book featuring a secondary character. I will probably start it, but the way she dealt with (or actually didn’t deal with as the case may be) the time travel issue in the first one leaves me wary.
And Alyssa, I’m done tormenting you. Your books are in a box and ready to mail, spines uncracked and with only the corners slightly dinged (but you’ll have to blame Harlequin for that because that’s how they came).