Showing posts from December, 2011

Toni's Review of Sweet Stuff by Donna Kauffman ***5 Stars***

Scheduled for release January 31, 2012
Double Fudge. . .Toasted Coconut. . .Key Lime. . .Strawberry Cream. . . 
Every bite is a mouthful of heaven. 

And the women of the Cupcake Club are bringing their appetites . . . 

Riley Brown never imagined she would find her bliss on Georgia's quiet Sugarberry Island after years of Chicago's city life. With a new career and fantastic new friends, she's got it all--except for eligible men. But a gig staging a renovated beach house delivers a delicious treat--six feet of blue-eyed, gorgeous writer as delectable and Southern as pecan pie. Quinn Brannigan has come to Sugarberry to finish his latest novel in peace, and suddenly Riley has a taste for the bad boy author that no amount of mocha latte buttercream or lemon mousse will satisfy . . .

Riley's friends are rooting for her to give in to her cravings and spice up her life, but it's Quinn who needs to learn that life's menu just might include love, in all its decadent, irresis…

Toni's Review of Sugar Rush by Donna Kauffman ***4.5 Stars***

When baker extraordinaire Leilani Trusdale leaves New York City for Georgia's sleepy Sugarberry Island, her past follows in the form of her former boss, Baxter Dunne. Baxter, otherwise known as Chef Hot Cakes, wants to film his hit cooking show in her tiny cupcakery. 
Last time they worked together, Baxter's molten chocolate brown eyes and sexy British accent made Lani's mouth water and her cheeks blush the colour of raspberry filling...
Lani's friends are convinced that this time around, Baxter is the missing ingredient in her recipe for happiness. But convincing Lani will be a job for Baxter himself. And he'll need more than black velvet frosting to sweeten the deal...
I will try not to add too many food comments and antidotes to my review, but be warned it might happen, because this is one SWEET story.  Darn, it already happened!
Leilani “Lani” Trusdale had it all in New York.  She had a wonderful career as Executive Chef at Gateau and amazing fr…

Toni's Review of Where the Rain is Made by Keta Diablo ***4 Stars***

A decadent-looking savage has captured Francesca DuVall and her brother, Marsh. Now she must spend every waking moment planning an escape. She didn’t count on the powerful draw of desire interfering with her scheme in the camp of the brutal Cheyenne dog soldiers.

Ethan Gray is a curator at a national museum...most of the time, but when he travels through time to help his beloved People he becomes Meko, leader of the most revered and feared tribe of the plains. Although their worlds are decades apart Meko can’t resist the dark beauty he kidnapped during a raid. He has many battles to fight but none he wants to win more than the one that will capture Cesca’s heart forever.

From the windswept plains of Colorado and the harsh life of a Dog Soldier to the placid life of a curator their love was fueled by passion and kindled by destiny.


Welcome to the world of time travel. Hold on tight because we are going to soar into the clouds and delve into the amazing world of the P…

Toni's Review of Blood of Eden by Tami Dane ***3 Stars***

Sloan has a sky-high IQ, a chaotic personal life, and a dream: to work for the FBI. Her goal is within reach until an error lands her with the FBI's ugly stepchild: the new Paranormal Behavioral Analysis Unit. She'll get to profile criminals, but the pool of suspects is a little more...diverse. Yet even as Sloan tackles her first case--a string of victims, all with puncture wounds to the neck--she can't silence her inner para-skeptic.

To catch the killer she'll have to think like one. That means casting aside her doubts, and dealing with the bizarre nightmares that started with the job. But the strangeness is only beginning, as Sloan pieces together the shocking truth about a case that's more personal than she ever would have guessed.

Today is the beginning of Sloan Skye’s dreams coming true.  She is starting her first day as an intern for the FBI.  Well that is what she thought when she left the chaos of her apartment this morning.  Now she is sh…

My Favourite Reads of 2011

Here is a list of books that I've adored!

This is my 1st pick!  Check out my review here:

  Another great book!  Here is my review:

A wonderful series so far, I'm loving it to!  Here's my review:

 Here's another must read series.  My review can be found here:

 This book is a great long read and the beginning of a series.  Here's my review:

  Great Read, love the characters!  Here's my review:

Here are some more:

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SweetPea Delights: Easy Meal Ideas For Mom's On The Go by Talina Perkins FREE COPY!!!

SweetPea Delights: Easy Meal Ideas For Mom's On The Go

Blurb: We all love sharing easy and delicious meal ideas with our friends and family members. Sitting down to a warm and hearty meal each night is a blessing my family and I are always thankful for. But at times getting those meals whipped up is a lot harder when our schedules keep us so busy.
 In SweetPea Delights: Easy Meal Ideas For Moms-On-The-Go I have pulled together over 90 delicious family recipes, to help you bring a warm and hearty meal to your table. You’ll find yummy Grab 'n' Go Breakfast Cookies to lighten up your morning. For warm and cozy lunch how about Quick & Spicy Chicken ‘n Rice and for dinner serve your family a fun What-The-Hay taco meal. You’ll even find recipes for easy and delicious snacks everyone will love! Beyond the easy meal ideas, you’ll also find cooking tips and inspirations sprinkled within the pages to add flavor to your cooking experience. So, let’s get started with SweetPea Delight…

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Merry Christmas!!! And a HUGE Thank you!

I just wanted to wish you all a very Merry Christmas!
I hope that it brings you many a wonderous thing and
much joy!
I would like to take this oppurtunity to Thank You All so much for supporting BOOKS READ 'N' MAKEUP DONE since it began in May 2011. I look forward to many more years and growth to come.

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I've had the pleasure of being able to review this online product and I have to say I absolutely love it!

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It's all true!  I went on their site and made up the photo with no problems at all and I adore the results and more importantly my 6 year old almost had a heart attack seeing Santa in our house lol   He was so excited!
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Ready For Christmas!

Hey all!  
Happy Holidays!!!!
We are pretty much ready here, how about you? The kids have received some early Christmas presents and I thought I would share their reactions/ pics with you :D
Let me know what you think!

See you all in the New Year!!!!!!!!!!!  May it be a Wonderful one to you all!
Love YA!!!!!!

5 Stars for Debra Web's IMPULSE!

Don’t miss OBSESSION, the stunning debut in the Faces of Evil series, available now!

This time he’s in Birmingham…the killer who devastated Special Agent Jess Harris’ career. And he is far from finished with her…

The Player has mastered the art of torture and murder. No one has ever gotten close until Jess touched him with her powerful insight and relentless determination. He will have his vengeance…but first he will make Jess pay in ways she never imagined.

The first victim is Jess’s friend and he won’t stop there. With each new victim Jess grows closer and closer to the realization that the only way to stop the Player is to give him what he wants—and he wants her.

Chief of Police Dan Burnett is determined to give Jess her life back and to protect her. With an offer of deputy chief of a new division on the table, can Jess risk staying in her hometown and putting those around her in more danger?

But can she walk away in order to protect everyone she loves, including the man who wants her b…

So I Married a Demon Slayer 4 STARS!

In the lusty humidity of the Deep South, among the neon lights of Vegas, and the glitz of high-fashion, demon slayers are the new sexy. . . Hot! By Kathy Love At Hot! Magazine, the devil really does wear Prada. When the CEO is an actual demon and the mail room guys are undercover demon slayers, it's not beyond the realm of possibility for an up-and-coming photographer and a model possessed by much more than a sweet tooth to fall in love. What Slays In Vegas by Angie Fox When a sexy succubus comes up against a fearless demon slayer intent on killing her boss, a truly wild Vegas night turns into a quickie wedding. But in a city where anything goes, a demon slayer wedding a succubus is strictly forbidden. Which doesn't mean either is rushing to jump out of the marriage bed. The Bride Wore Demon Dust by Lexi George He's perfection in a tuxedo—more so out of it—and on a mission to protect his Alabama gal from the mysterious mayhem intent on her destruction. But the bride is a spunky …

Toni's Review of When a Duke Says I Do by Jane Goodger ***5 Stars***

Miss Elsie Stanhope resided in Nottinghamshire, an area so rich in titled gentlemen, so felicitous for marriage-minded mamas, it was called "the Dukeries." Indeed, Elsie had been betrothed since childhood to the heir of a dukedom. She had no expectation it would be a love match. Still less that she would enter into a shockingly scandalous affair with an altogether different sort of lover. And the very last thing she imagined was that the mysteries of his birth would be unraveled with as many unforeseen twists and turns as the deepest secrets of her heart.


Elise Stanhope’s life is all planned out for her.She has been engaged since was a child and soon she will be married to her betrothed.She couldn't be more unhappy about it.While she is reserved to know that she will do her duty for her family, she feels like there is more to life.She knows that feeling is true the moment she sets her eyes on her muralist’s assistant.There is something about the man th…

Toni's Review of Remembrance by Eveli Acosta ***4 Stars***

Remembrance is the tale of a woman who has forgotten who she is, where she is and how she lost the love of her life. She wonders where she took the path that led her away from her dreams. She is living a life she doesn't remember or understand. She struggles to unravel her current life and let go of the one she left behind. She's continually re-living her past. The problem Viv faces is that she can't help but look back even though she has what every girl wants, a loving and devoted husband. But is that really enough or does she need the one from her dreams, the one she left in the past?
First off, let me say I’m floored.This novel was filled with rich details that pull you in.I honestly have not read such a deep book in a long time.I felt like a moth to a flame.I couldn’t stop myself, totally mesmerized by the story. This not an easy read.You need to totally absorb yourself into this book, into the confused and brilliant mind of character.You have to be co…

Toni's Review of Night Reigns by Dianne Duvall ***5 Stars***

Ami isn't much for trusting strangers. She has a hard time trusting anyone. But she's no coward, and she's no pushover in the protection department either. So when she comes across a mysterious warrior taking on eight deranged vampires on his own, she doesn't hesitate to save his bacon. Of course, that was before she realized what one little rescue would get her into . . .

Marcus Grayden has been an immortal protector of humanity for eight hundred years, and at the moment he's not interested in backup. From the moment Ami arrives in his life, he can't deny that she's strong, smart, and extremely skilled at watching his back. But she's also destroying his protective solitude and stirring desires he can't bear to awaken. After all, whatever her secrets — how can she defeat death itself?

Book Two in the Immortal Guardian Series. 
Ok two days and two books and on the third day, let there be reviews.  Yes, I have done nothing bu…

Toni's Review of Darkness Dawns by Dianne Duvall ***5 Stars*** & BOOK GIVEAWAY

In this dazzling, sensual novel, Dianne Duvall beckons readers into a world of vampires, immortals, and humans with extraordinary gifts. . .where passion can last forever, if you're willing to pay the price. . .

Once, Sarah Bingham's biggest challenge was making her students pay attention in class. Now, after rescuing a wounded stranger, she's landed in the middle of a battle between corrupt vampires and powerful immortals who also need blood to survive. Roland Warbrook is the most compelling man Sarah has ever laid hands on. But his desire for her is mingled with a hunger he can barely control. . .

In his nine centuries of immortal existence, no woman has tempted Roland as much as Sarah. But asking her to love him is impossible--when it means forfeiting the world she's always known, and the life he would do anything to protect. . .

Vampires are real!!
You may not know this, but it is true.  It is actually a rare virus that once contracted causes an int…

Love Reunites on Holidays by Clarissa Yip!!!

Love Reunites on Holidays

Holidays usually bring me that warm fuzzy feeling…well…okay after all the panic and stress I go through of prepping for the holidays. The Christmas shopping, arguments over parking spaces, grabbing for Christmas wish list items, waiting in long lines that give me gray hairs, having to wrap up everything and hide them, preparing for guests, attempts at cooking (ßnotice how I said attempts…I can’t stress how much you do not want me in your kitchen), then all the RSVPs that don’t show or holiday phone calls you forgot to make to people who couldn’t make it to your house…It’s stressful!
But once Christmas morning hits, everything is calm. Smiles are shared. Presents are opened. Everyone is happy…except for the people who get that ugly Christmas sweater…or coal in their stocking (That may be me…).
Holidays bring joy! And love! It’s the best time to reunite with your loves ones! Spend quality moments together and rejoice over past holidays!

In Snowy Encounters, Maddy h…

Guest Author Nina Croft!!!! Giveaway!!!! "What's a Mince Pie???"

Please Welcome Author Nina Croft  to BOOKS READ 'N' MAKEUP DONE

What’s in a Mince Pie?
I’m English, and although I tend to write aimed at the American market, my characters are usually English and my stories tend to be set in England. So when my fantastic critique group, Passionate Critters, decided to write an anthology of Christmas stories and base them all around the fictional American town of Five Oaks, I knew I was venturing into alien territory.
I’ve had to become aware of the differences between American English and what we speak back home. It’s not just spelling, like realised and realized, but also actual words. We have lifts, Americans have elevators, we have pavements they have sidewalks. Jumpers are sweaters, cafes are diners, and boots are trunks.
And it goes deeper, to the food we eat and the way we celebrate certain festivals. So when I was writing my Christmas story, Mid-Winter Magic, it came as no surprise to discover that there are also big differences between Engl…

Please Welcome Author Silke Juppenlatz to BOOKS READ AND MAKEUP DONE

Please Welcome Author Silke Juppenlatz to BOOKS READ AND MAKEUP DONE

It's that time of year again.
No, not that time. I meant the time of year when people like to make cookies.

When I was asked to write a Christmassy post for Books Read & Makeup Done, I thought "Oh my. I know nothin' 'bout no makeup!" I know about books, but that's where my expertise ends.
And then I figured rather than tell you all about Smitten -- I'll appeal to your sweet tooth instead.
Christmas is almost upon us, and if your house doesn't smell of baked goodies, you're missing out.
I figured I'll fix it for you, with a very simple recipe for Christmas cookies you've probably never had.
It goes particularly well with hot cocoa, curled up in front of the fire, reading Smitten, or you could grab a copy of the "A Passionate Christmas" Anthology from Decadent Publishing, and curl up with that. Trust me. ;)
Let me introduce:
This parti…