How to Create A Cozy Reading Corner Anywhere in 10 Minutes or Less

Cozy Reading Corner.pngThere’s nothing better than relaxing with a book in your own little reading space. It’s the perfect way to wind down from a stressful day, and it makes reading an even better experience (yes, it’s possible to make reading even better). With a scented candle, a roaring fireplace, a cup of tea, and a soft, warm blanket, you have everything you need to travel to other worlds through your pages.

However, most of us don’t have the space to have a designated reading corner. But what if you could make a temporary one with things you could find around your house, and in less than ten minutes? I’m going to show you how.

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How to Treasure Hunt for Books

victorian-ransom-23441281534118vksoBook browsing is a lot like going to a rummage sale, or digging in an old trash site.

The antique vase or whimsical candlesticks you find at your neighborhood church sale are only half the fun. The real fun comes from the thrill of the find, of searching through worthless junk to find the hidden treasure that can be your next family heirloom, or a high ticket item on Ebay. But unless you’re an expert in vintage finery, then you’ll either use the hit or miss method– which will probably give you more misses than hits– or you’ll have to consult experts on your finds before you buy them and take them home. These people are your guides on the treasure hunt. It’s their job to help you navigate through dangers and distractions (i.e. scam artists and knockoffs) to find the real treasure.

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10 Romances You Need to Read if You Like Leap Year

leap-yearWith Saint Patrick’s Day coming up, my mind has definitely been on the Irish. Irish romance novels, Irish romance movies, the works. What can I say? The Irish are sexy. And This is the perfect time of year to indulge in such fantasies.

Since I don’t particularly like watching parades and I’m not old enough to buy whiskey (not to mention it’s gross) , my Saint Patrick’s Day of 2016 will probably be spent reading Irish romance novels and watching Irish romance movies.

However, this isn’t a list of Irish romance novels. For that, I suggest you check out Boyfriends for Sale: Irish Edition. This is a list of books to read if you love the movie Leap Year. 

Leap Year is the first movie I think about when I think about Irish romance. It’s hard to beat Matthew Goode’s accent and Amy Adams’ fantastic portrayal of a snooty New Yorker. With a journey across Ireland, a bar fight, and a reluctant love blossoming, what’s not to like? And with 2016 being a leap year, there are two reasons to watch it now. If you’ve already watched it, then these are the romances you’ll want to read next. Continue reading “10 Romances You Need to Read if You Like Leap Year”

Book Review: Chained by Elise Marion

51trbu9hbll-_uy250_As acting high lord of the house of Toustain, it’s Lady Gwendolyn’s job to manage affairs of Dinasdale, and that includes managing her new unruly prisoner, Caden Maignart. Unfortunately it looks like the only way she’ll be able to manage him is to have him chained up in her bedchamber. 

After thirty years of peace, tensions are mounting between Daleria and Dinasdale again. After receiving reports of Dalerians massacring a Dinasdale village and Gwen’s brothers vanishing after being attacked, Gwen won’t take any chances with the Dalerian intruders found on Dinasdalian land. But she quickly realizes just throwing them into the dungeon won’t work, not when one of them is willing to stir up as much trouble as he possibly can to be freed. Chaining him up in her bedchamber keeps him secure, but it causes a whole new set of problems. Like how she can’t hide her thoughts and feelings from him. Not to mention the growing attraction she feels towards him, despite him being the enemy and her being engaged to another. 

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Book Review: A Most Unconventional Courtship

2606798“Do you not recall last night?” The hidden speaker came into view at last. There was a moment of crowded thought and he realized his mouth was hanging open.

“I remember nothing of it at all, and I’m sure I’d remember you.” He would have to be dead not to, he thought, studying the tall, slender figure standing in front of him, hands on her hips and an expression of exasperated disapproval on her oval, golden face. A  veritable Greek beauty, he thought.

There is an instant attraction between Benedict Casper Chancellor, Earl of Blakeny and Alessa, an independent woman in the Greek town of Corfu. Alessa hates everything he stands for– conservative, high society England. It was the very thing her father ran away from all those years ago. But when Chance realizes English relatives of Alessa are looking for her, he wants to acquaint her to her family, and bring her to England where he could court her properly. He was convinced the life of an English noblewoman would be better suited for her than her life full of hard work and responsibilities. But Alessa isn’t willing to give up her independence. yet, especially when her aunt says Alessa cannot bring her two orphaned wards to England with her and then kidnaps her to save her own reputation. Chance will do anything to get her back, even becoming a pirate. 

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Boyfriends for Sale: Anti-Valentine’s Day Edition

anti-valentines-day-metal-playlistWe’ve all gotten sick of the hearts and flowers at one point or another. Eventually the retail exploitation of “love” is nauseating and the splashes of red and pink is migraine-inducing. No, you don’t want to watch The Notebook with a glass of champagne this Valentine’s Day. You want to watch The Walking Dead with a shot of whiskey. Well, Valentine’s Day haters, there are love stories even for you out there. Continue reading “Boyfriends for Sale: Anti-Valentine’s Day Edition”

Valentine’s Day Giveaway!

55b8ec90ac556422867ac9e81e5b9178Hey everyone! I’m doing another giveaway, this time for Valentine’s Day. All you need to do is answer this question: What are you doing for Valentine’s Day?

I know on Valentine’s Day I’m probably going to be doing homework. My boyfriend is coming down to Boston for that weekend, but he’s leaving on Valentine’s Day because he has work the next day (and we both have homework). My guess is my Valentine’s Day will involve a nice breakfast with my boyfriend, a tearful goodbye, and (in an unromantic turn of events) a major study session in the library wearing my shabbiest yet most comfortable clothes and toting a travel mug and thermos of tea as well as a water bottle. Oh yeah. I live the high life.

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Boyfriends For Sale: Valentine’s Day Edition

Skip the chocolate this Valentine’s Day and enjoy some romance novels instead. Not only will they put you in the mood for the big date with your significant other (or that night in front of the TV with all the movies Ryan Gosling has ever made), but they are also a lot of fun (and less calories). Here are some of them from AllRomance and Smashwords that you can enjoy.

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Book Review: The Queen’s Consorts by Kele Moon

51-0wsoakpl-_sx331_bo1204203200_“We should feel nothing toward her, yet I’m drawn to her– as powerfully as I’m drawn to you.”

If you’ve been reading Lover’s Quarrel reviews, then you know how much I love plot and character with my sex scenes. I mean, look at how much I hate The Doctor’s Slave compared to Mine for Tonight when they (very) roughly have the same concept. The scarcity of plot in erotica can be particularly vexing when I’m in the mood for a MMF threesome. (Doesn’t happen often, but even then I want some plot and good characters.)

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Boyfriends for Sale: Fairytale Edition

“If you want your children to be intelligent, read them fairy tales. If you want them to be more intelligent, read them more fairy tales.”
Albert Einstein

Well, if Einstein says it….

I can’t say that reading these fairytale retellings will truly make you more intelligent (maybe they will. Who knows?). But they are definitely a lot of fun. I don’t know about you, but I love a good fairytale retelling. Here are a few romance novels retelling fairy tales that are as old as time.

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