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Guilty Pleasure Read!

This isn’t going to be a normal review. Rather, this is me, a woman who reads, admitting that yes. I have found a guilty pleasure read. 

The book I’m about to mention is particularly mortifying because I’ve never read anything like it before. EVER! But what can I say. I found myself in a sexy place and wanted something fun, quick and dirty birdy.

Stepbrother with Benefits Book 1 is not your average sex read. First and foremost, it starts out with some raunchy escapades. Maybe it’s not as bad as all that. I don’t know. The writing is…blunt which makes the sex…even more blunt. This book is written in present tense, which I normally hate, but it works for this book. I don’t know how or why.

It’s kind of like a bumblebee flying. You know it shouldn’t work, but it does. The sex is descriptive in that nasty way that’s reserved for “really naughty nights.”

Oh, don’t look at me like that. We all have those nights. 

Some examples from Mia Clark’s book include:

“He leans over me and pins me to the bed, burying himself deep inside of me with one last thrust.”

“…and without saying anything or even asking, he thrusts two fingers deep into my sex.”

And then of course there’s the part where we see, with absolute clarity, that this IS in fact a stepbrother and sister situation–

“‘Now put some damn pants on,’ he says, smiling, teasing me. ‘Mom and Dad are waiting for us.”


For the first part of this book, I was mildly repulsed by the idea of a stepbrother and stepsister getting it on, but hell. They aren’t blood. They aren’t young. This means the premise is taboo enough to be fun without being TOO creepy. Soo…I gave it a whirl. Author, Mia Clark, keeps the voices hip and young. (As I went to insert the link to her name, I learned why. She’s young and full of hip!) Mia develops her characters very well. When I started reading this short, .99 cent read, I didn’t think it was a chapter type series, but it is.

That doesn’t take away from the entertainment value though, so don’t fret. My opinion of the Stepbrother series is this: it’s a hot, fun read with just enough heart and character to keep you coming back. If you’re in a “happy” place and looking for a guilty pleasure read, then this is the book for you. I should mention that its FREE for Kindle Unlimited. Otherwise, each installment is .99 cents.   

Now, plenty of readers judge other readers choices, but let me give a word of advice. This post is MY guilty pleasure read. It’s not an invitation or call to arms. Reading and reviewing is a wonderful outlet. I share because I believe things should be shared, always. Wonderful good; wonderful bad; wonderful guilty. Please, don’t be a hater. If your opinion is OTHER than mine, feel free to share it. 


To date,  I’m enjoying the third Stepbrother book, and yes. It’s..naughty. No. I won’t be talking about it, openly, like it’s the next Gone With the Wind, but who cares. It was an adventure. And who knows? Maybe one readers guilt was meant to be another readers pleasure. *WinkWink*



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FIRST FIVE: It’s a FUGLY Life by Mimi Jean Pamfiloff.

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My name is Lily Snow. And I was once the kind of ugly that turned heads and made people stare. The worst part was how I let it ruin my life and destroy my relationship with the love of my life–Maxwell Cole, one of the sexiest, wealthiest, enigmatic men on the planet. All because I felt ugly and certainly not good enough for a man’s love.

But not anymore.

One car wreck, three reconstructive surgeries, and some unexpected money have changed my life. I’ve started my own company, I’ve finally learned to like myself–not love, but like (hey, it’s a journey)–and I’ve met a wonderful new man who’s helped me put Max in the past where he belongs.

There’s only one problem: After six long months, Maxwell Cole is back, asking for the one thing I can’t give him. And he’s not taking no for an answer.

NOTE: This is a continuation of the USA TODAY BESTSELLER, FUGLY, but is a standalone. **BOOK #1 on SALE for 99c thru end of October! **


This book is a follow-up to Fugly, which was an earlier First Five review. I don’t have a set formula for how I write these posts. I just let them take me where they want. On that note, I will say that this FUGLY book picks up  where the first leaves off. (More or less.)

Overall, this book has a lot great surprises. Some sadness; some humor. All the key elements needed to entertain and all of them are held together by the solid truth of each MC. Am I saying there are multiple POVs in this? No. I just mean that both main characters have their own inalienable truths and both are represented throughout. 


Once again, Mimi delivers a great read.

Now, let’s get to the First Five: 

 1-5) No, no, no. What did he just fucking say? I stared at the ass-faced reporter blocking my way to the church. A sadistic smirk stretched across his lips while his crew filmed my reaction. They hoped I’d cry for the entire world on my wedding day, didn’t they?

Thoughts: If I hadn’t already read most of this book, these sentence might confuse me as I did say this FUGLY starts right where the last leaves of. Clearly, this is not where FUGLY left off. Yet, Mimi manages to deliver the fist few chapters seamlessly  I was neither pissed or concerned by the pace as I made my way through this book. Like the first, this installment is another fast read, though I’m not entirely done with it…yet. 

I love these characters. Love the writing. LOVE the author. I didn’t regret spending more than .99 cents on this one because, hey! Mimi is always worth the purchase people. ALWAYS! This, along with most Mimi books, have been deemed NO REGRET purchases by yours truly.

Take a (non) chance! 

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FIRST FIVE: Fugly by Mimi Jean Pamfiloff

Okay. Anybody who reads my blog even a little, meaning to scan but not commit, knows that I LOVE this author. Mimi Jean Pamfiloff is one of my FastFaves! (This may be a new Category I hope to be introducing soon. I hope to be doing an interview with Mimi in the near future. *HINT, HINT* She is a humble, talented, entertaining, funny author and she produces like I wish I could right now.

With a title like FUGLY, I’ll admit; I was skeptical. After reading the blurb/review premise, I was even more so. The thing is…. FUGLY is a .99 cent read, people. How many of us have spent a buck on something far less appealing or entertaining? Plus, it’s sexy comes in the middle of some very unexpected moments, and I LOVED that.

Without further ado, here’s the blurb: 


My name is Lily Snow. I am twenty-five years old, and despite being born with an unattractive face, I have never doubted who I am: smart, driven, and beautiful on the inside.

Until I met Maxwell Cole.

He’s handsome, excessively wealthy, and the owner of Cole Cosmetics. It’s been my dream to work for this man for as long as I can remember. The good news is he wants to hire me. The bad news is he wants me for all the wrong reasons. Ugly reasons.

In exchange, he’s offered me my dreams on a silver platter. The job. The title. A beautiful future. But this man is as messed up and ugly as they come on the inside. I’m not sure anyone can help him, and he just might take my heart down with him.

And here we go with:


     1) They say that beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

Thoughts: Solid, common knowledge start. We know it’s gonna go UGLY, so we’re on board already.

     2) And while I can’t argue with that, I can say the same holds true for ugly.

Thoughts: This is the character’s opinion, and so far I like it as well as agree.

3&4) Especially in my case. I used to think I was beautiful—on the inside, anyway—and he was the monster.

Thoughts: We know right off that the MC thinks she’s ugly on the outside, beautiful on the inside. We also know that the opposite is being said about the beauty; who is a HE. Interesting…

     5) A horrible, unscrupulous, arrogant prick hiding behind the face of a bona fide, modern-day sex god. CEO, model, a man who had everything.

Thoughts: I may not agree with the mechanical set-up of this line, but it hits home. The “beauty” our MC is referring to is hot. Rich. And the words, “sex-god” don’t hurt either. He’s a man’s, man, and I want to know more. 

Now, under normal circumstances I would share more, but seriously? This is a .99 cent read. If you’re not intrigued; if you don’t already love this author (like me,) then I don’t know what else to say. Fugly is a great, quick little read that will have you buying the sequel. I guarantee! 


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First Five: Badd Motherf*cker by Jasinda Wilder PART 2

Okay. I’m only 5% into this book, but WHOA. I’m loving it and I’m going to share a few of the lines that PROVE Jasinda Wilder has the kind of writing chops it takes to make it in this dog-eat-dog (but not really) world. Now, in no particular order:

  1. On that, her premonition remained undecided, churning up a strange mix of contradicting feelings: a sense of trepidation, but also excitement.
  2. The dream always began in the midst of a heart-pounding pursuit…
  3. Out of breath and desperate, she was running for her life through a dark wood–a pack of vicious wolves on her heels. With hellhounds’ terrible red-glowing-eyes and snarling muzzles never far behind, her panting breaths were the only other sounds to disturb the quiet of the night. 🙂 

Again, I’m not far into this read, but I couldn’t NOT share some of the lines. They immerse a reader, and have nothing to do with sex.


YET! jwilder

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First Five: Badd Motherf*cker (Badd Brothers) by Jasinda Wilder

I’m going to do this First Five a little different because I fell IN LOVE with the teaser, and IT is why I didn’t even need to read the first paragraph to buy it. In point of fact, I just cleared everything off my TBR calendar and went straight to: 

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Without further ado, let me share Jasinda Wilder’s teaser: 

Your wedding day is supposed to be the happiest day of your life, right? That’s what the say, at least. I went into that day hoping I’d get the happiest day of my life. What I got? The worst. I mean, you really can’t get any worse than a day without someone actually dying. 

So…I may have gotten just a little drink, and maybe just a tad impetuous…

And landed myseld in a dive bar somewhere in Alaska, alone, still in my wedding dress, half-wasted and heart-broken.


Eight brothers, one bar.

Sounds like the beginning to a bad joke. yeah?

I kinda think so.

I knew I shouldn’t have touched her. She was hammered, for one thing, and heartbroken for another. I’ve chased enough tail to know better. That kinda thing only leads to clinginess, and a clingy female is the last thing on earth I need.

I got a bar needs running, and only me to run it–at least until my seven wayward brothers decide to show their asses up…

Then this chick walks in, fine as hell, wearing a soaked wedding dress that leaves little enough to the imagination–and I’ve got a hell of an imagination. 

I knew I shouldn’t have touched her. Not so much as a finger, not even innocently.

But I did.

Okay. Here it is. I HATE interchanging view points. Reading them. Writing them. It just irritates me as of late. THIS did NOT irritate. It was…perfect. With three little words, Jasinda took that hook of a teaser and turned it into a MUST READ NOW kind of situation. “But I did.” Boom! There it is. This teaser not only draws out more than a few feels, it also sets up one hell of a steamy encounter. (I imagine! And as a writer, I too have one hell of an imagination!) Every one of these lines excites me in a different way. 

Male POV. Female POV. It didn’t matter. I have to know what’s going to happen. How it’ll play out. How steamy it’s going to get, and based on the title it’s bound to get pretty flipping steamy. This IS NOT a FREE read. It is NOT even a 2.99 read. It’s 4.99 and I didn’t bat an eye at spending it.

Know why?

Because that teaser was WELL WORTH the money. It does everything a teaser should do and then some. I literally couldn’t wait to share this find or the MORE THAN FIVE SENTENCES that went with it. Badd Motherf*cker by Jasinda Wilder looks to be an amazing read and I’m not waiting to get to it. You shouldn’t either! 

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FIRST FIVE: The Flame and the Arrow by Emigh Cannaday.


Aspiring rock star Annika Brisby thinks she knows where her life is going until she steps through a broken portal that leaves her stranded in a fae – filled realm of fairies, shapeshifter druids, psychic vampires, and other mythical beings. Unable to return until it’s repaired, she’s rescued by wood nymphs who believe her sudden arrival is no accident. After being taken in by a prominent family of elves, Annika finds herself struggling to resist the seductive spell of their youngest son, Talvi. Equal parts arrogant and alluring, the notorious heartbreaker seems like the perfect distraction for her homesickness. Her new friends warn her that she’ll probably regret ever laying eyes on him, and what begins as a casual fling with a telepathic elf for a lover quickly burns too hot to handle. By the time Annika learns the consequences of their forbidden trysts, Talvi’s already under her skin and dangerously close to her heart. But on the journey home she discovers that there’s a mountain of secrets that he’s not telling her, and Annika can’t help wondering who’s really in danger.

You’ll enjoy this edgy & dark blend of New Adult Urban Fantasy, Romantic Suspense, and Paranormal Romance if you’re a fan of Laurell K. Hamilton, Kresley Cole, Donna Grant, Charlaine Harris, Karen Marie Moning, Jeanine Frost, J.R. Ward and Lynsay Sands.

The First Five: 

ONE: Fidgeting with her keys in one hand and balancing an overstuffed laundry basket in the other, a very short and very glum redhead walked up the stone steps to a very large and very dilapidated three story house.  

THOUGHTS: Already, I’m slightly annoyed with the double tapped pacing. VERY is one of those descriptive/adjective words that, as my critique partner would say,(yes Liz I listen) should be used sparingly. The fact that Emigh Cannaday has overused said adjective, disrupts the pace. That being said, I can relate to our character’s balancing act so I’m engaged. 

TWO: “Annika, is that you? Oh my god, you’re late!” a shrill voice nagged from the kitchen.

THOUGHTS: I am frustrated by the lack of proper editing. God can be capitalized or not; it’s really at the author’s discretion, but I believe to acknowledge the almighty (in a common-knowledge way) means treating his name as a title. Titles should be capitalized. The “you’r late!” is correct, however the following “a shrill voice…” calls for different punctuation. IMO, this sentence should read:

“Annika, is that you? Oh my God! You’re late,” a shrill voice nagged from the kitchen.


“Annika, is that you? Oh my God,” a shrill voice nagged from the kitchen. “You’re late.”

CONTINUED THOUGHTS: Despite my irritation,  a lot of positive reviews spur me on.

THREE: “I thought you guys were just having a quick dinner before you came over. What the hell took you so long?”

THOUGHTS: Honestly, this is not strong dialogue. Already, the sentence is bloated with words that shouldn’t be there. The first part implies irritation which negates the need for swearing. In everyday conversation, a person normally swears first then asks/demands an explanation. The key to great dialogue is keeping it real. As authors, we want to pack as much information as we can into a sentence, but real-talk isn’t about info. It’s about emotion. Here, Emigh is trying to show that her other character is upset. That was accomplished without the swearing or the entire second part of the declaration. Still, I read on.

FOUR: Annika rounded the corner to see an impeccably dressed man in his late twenties getting up from the table as he shut down his laptop.

THOUGHTS: The sentence has Annika “rounding a corner” so I can’t visualize her knowing/seeing the “man in his late twenties” shutting down his laptop. It’s more likely that she simply saw him closing said laptop. However, this part is clearly about getting a visual and that’s accomplished. 

FIVE: “I’m not going out tonight, James,” she sighed, dropping the laundry basket by the staircase that led to her room.

THOUGHTS: She knows him. Check. She had plans with him. Check. She doesn’t want to go. Check. All the pertinent information is here, but again I feel like the dialogue is stunted. Edits are lacking. I’m beginning to doubt the validity of aforementioned reviews, but I’m willing to give it a few more sentences.

SIX: “The hell you’re not,” he said in a tone that found her excuse unacceptable. “We’ve been planning this for like, three weeks.”

THOUGHTS: This guy is not very guy-ish. Men would bitch, sure, but they would bitch in a guy way. Less disappointment; more anger. Yes. Men will say they’ve had planes forever, but they would point out the timeframe in a way that was less womanly. In my mind, as a writer, I can reason that the author wants this male to seem a bit feminine. As a reader, the character has already annoyed me. Since I’ve been more irritated  than not with these FIRST FIVE, I can honestly say that I’m unimpressed.

Still, The Annika Brisby Series has done the opposite for a lot of people, so I read on.

(I’m not sharing the next parts with you, sorry. HEHE.)

If you read on though, you may have discovered that Annika has just broken up with her boyfriend who may have been ready to propose  This sets us up some drama, which is intriguing enough to get me to download the story. TFATA This is a FREE read on Amazon.com, right now. So, there’s no harm in snatching it up.

Overall, this may be more of a BROWSING read than anything else. 

BUT, for younger crowd, I could see this being a superb adventure. Because it’s a series, there’s a level of investment as well as the potential for character growth. For me, so far, it’s not looking overly promising, but I’m willing to give it a Go. I will post follow-up details shortly. 

Now, let’s not ignore reality here. FREE is FREE! IMO, You can’t beat a book that’s meant to wet the appetite. (Unless it’s absolutely horrid. This book, is not that.) So, TFATA is a little raw. Who cares. I say we rally for, Emigh Cannaday. Authors and readers alike stick together, plus: I am interested to see how Emigh Cannaday evolves from here. Aren’t you?




Messy is RIGHT!

I’ve been plugging away at work. I write when I’m feeling coherent and sometimes when I’m not. Things are, not surprisingly, a MESS in my world right now as I have to revamp both books I was planning to publish and the process is not going smoothly. That being said, I’m super excited for both of these stories to be told and will be sharing snippets (that WON’T be getting edited out) soon. Because I sharing helps me work. Hopefully, you’re all still hanging in there with me.

Please know that I’m fighting to get my life (and career) back and it’s been rough, but I’m not quitting. No matter how many people think I should. 😉img_7804