Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Review: Wolf of Her Own by N.J. Walters

Book Description

Mikhail Matheson came to Salvation for his sister, but he stayed for Elise LaForge. She’s the alpha’s mother and the most fascinating woman he’s ever laid his eyes on. He’s wanted her from the first moment he saw her. He may feel like an outsider in the pack, but there’s no way he can leave when he’s sure Elise is his mate.

Elise’s made a home in North Carolina with her adult sons and their pack. It’s taken her a long time to get over the years she spent with her abusive mate, and while she’s content now, she can’t help but feel there’s something missing in her life. Mikhail stirs emotions in her she never expected to feel, and the attraction between them is off the charts. But Elise’s not sure how her sons and the pack will react, not to mention the danger the pack is facing.

My Review

Mikhail might have come to the Salvation pack for his sister but as soon as he finds Elise, he knows he can't leave. 

Elise has a lot of baggage because of the years she spent with her abusive ex. She might be cautious when Mikhail is around but she feels something for him and that in itself is a small miracle since she wasn't sure she was healed enough emotionally to take another chance on a relationship. 

Mikhail is very patient with Elise and I really liked that about him. He's pretty sure that Elise is his mate but he knows he's gonna have to take his time with her and her family if this is gonna work out. Neither of them are sure how her two sons are going to react to them seeing each other especially since one of her sons is the pack's alpha. I ended up really liking her sons.

When the father of one of the females in the pack wants to come and visit his daughter that he hasn't seen in a long time, they are all on edge but what happens while he is there is not something that any of them could see coming. 

Elise is stronger than she thinks and I really admired her for being able to move past what she's been through and find happiness again. But Mikhail is everything that any woman could ask for. He's patient, romantic, totally alpha and nurturing. He's exactly what she needed in her life. 

I really liked Elise's grown sons even if they were a little over protective, they meant well and love their mom a lot. 

This is one of those books that I wish I could just say something like, "It's great! You need to read it!" And everyone would read it and see what I mean. I read this book in one sitting because it was just that hard to put down once I started reading. I felt invested in the characters to see what would happen next and I was very happy with the ending. It ended exactly how it should have. I'll definitely be reading more of this series and highly recommend this book and series.

I give this book 5 out of 5 stars. 

Disclosure: I received this book for free via NetGalley but all opinions are my own. 

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Review: Banana Boat Dry Balance Sunscreen Lotion

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This year I knew that I was going to have to get a sunscreen for my face or a foundation that had sunscreen in it. Since I haven't found a foundation with sunscreen that I like, I started trying samples of the different sunscreens that are out there. Most of them are really scented or very oily so when I received a sample of this in the mail I was hopeful since it said, "Helps you feel dry & fresh".  

I've now been wearing this sunscreen on my face under my foundation, powder,  ect and it really does stay dry. After rubbing it in, it has a matte finish that doesn't become oily later and the scent is very subtle, kind of like a baby powder type scent, which I like. It also has a SPF 30 so hopefully that will help prevent the weird sunburn I get around the sunglasses I wear outside when walking the dog. My nose and temple area got toasty brown last year by the time summer ended which looked weird when the rest of my face was still very pale. So I'm hoping to keep that from happening this summer and so far so good. It's been well into the 90's and 100's here recently and so far my nose and the rest of my face hasn't started to sunburn or tan. 

So I am going to give this product a thumbs up at this point because it sure does seem to be working the way I want. 

Monday, May 21, 2018

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Sunday, May 20, 2018

Apartment Life #28

This is a new weekly blog post that I'm calling Apartment Hell  Life. I've mentioned a few times some of the crazy things that go on in and around my apartment complex in the past 20 years that we've lived here and people keep telling me I should write a book. But instead of a book, I've decided to share the crazy things that have happened in and around my apartment complex in the last 20 years here in a weekly blog post.

Back in 2014 we had a neighbor who would call the police on himself all the time. I had called the police 2 nights prior to this incident because he started screaming and yelling at no one because no one was around...but he claimed that the managers son had threatened his life and he wanted a restraining order. So this guys calls the police, I know this because he was outside while he was screaming at dispatch on his phone. No one went to jail because the incident never happened. This guy has brain damage from an accident and his mother pays for all his bills but in the mean time he drove us all crazy and because of the way he acted all the time the manager finally evicted him. He lived 2 doors from me so we got front row seats to the insanity.

Update for this week:

3 days ago a neighbor asked the manager and maintenance man to do a welfare check on an elderly neighbor because no one had seen him for 2 days. The manager didn't want to so the neighbor called police and asked them to do a welfare check on the guy. They came at 10pm and since the manager wouldn't answer the emergency phone or her door, they kicked the door in and found the elderly man had died in his bed. Police and the coroner were in the apartment for hours and we went to bed. The next day Ken was talking to the maintenance guy and said the manager called the man's son who lives in another state and his son said he wanted nothing from the apartment so the manager and maintenance guy went through the apartment and took what they wanted before trashing the apartment out. The comical thing was that people from that courtyard were standing around outside while they were taking things out of the apartment and the maintenance guy said a couple of people asked about certain things the guy had and if they could have it if no one else wanted it but the maintenance guy told them everything was going in the trash and if they wanted to pick through the trash they could but no one was being allowed in the apartment. That sure got the gossip flying around the apartment complex.

So that's it for this week's Apartment Hell  Life! Be sure to come back next week for more.

Saturday, May 19, 2018

Favorite Video of the Week

I don't listen to Ed Sheeran but I watched this parody of one of his songs and I found it really funny. I had no idea there were so many parodies of music videos out there.

Friday, May 18, 2018

Freebie Friday!

Welcome to another edition of Freebie Friday, where I tell you what free samples and full sized products I received in the mail and how you can get them too. Someone asked me why I do a "Freebie Friday" each week, so I'll tell you.

A while back I listed all the free samples and wins that I had received that previous year and so many people didn't believe that I could have gotten so many free things. So I decided to prove it by taking a picture every week and sharing the sites that I found the links to the freebies at. So now you too can get great free samples coming to your mailbox each week.

  You can find links to great samples at Hey It's Free and Freebie Shark.

This week I received:

A Mini Tripod with Bluetooth Shutter from Marlboro.
Amdro Mosquito Bombs.

I also won a $25 Amazon Gift Card in the March New Release Giveaway from Love Kissed Books!

We gave the mini tripod to our daughter since neither one of us has a smartphone and she does and that's what this worked with. You can set the smartphone on the mini tripod and set it up to take selfies or pictures using the shutter you can hold in your hand. Another fun freebie from

The mosquito bombs can be placed in standing water like pools, bird baths, buckets ect to kill off mosquitoes.

Did you receive any freebies or win anything this week?

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Review: DegustaBox- May

DegustaBox is a monthly subscription box filled with food and drink products. The price for the box is $19.99 a month.  

You do not get to pick any of the products you get, it's a surprise each month. But they say each box contains 10-15 items and each box is worth at least $30. I like trying boxes like this because they usually contain products that I've never tried or haven't seen before. 

What was in the box?

Karma Probiotics water.
Goya Cookies.
Zaffi Taffy candies 5 pieces.
Goya Green Salsa.
Cello Whisps.
Rufus Teague bbq sauce.
Post Grape Nuts Crunch cereal.
Deep River Snacks potato chips.
Popcorn, Indiana Kettlecorn 2 bags.
Explore Cuisine Chickpea pasta.

We've tried everything except the chickpea pasta so far. I've received those Cello whisps before and didn't like them and still don't but Ken does. It's funny that usually happens that if one of us doesn't like something the other does.

The popcorn and potato chips were good. We both liked them. Grape Nuts has always been one of my favorite cereals and this was another good one from that brand. I hadn't heard of it before now but I sure like it. That bbq sauce is really good. I received a sample of it a while back and liked it so I was happy to get a bottle of it this time. The water tasted like water and the salsa was great on the taco salad I made a few days ago. The candies were a little strange but just ok for me. So another good box this month. I was pretty happy to get to try a few new things and get a couple of things that I already liked. The cookies were my favorite thing this month, they are so good.

If you don't live in the US, they have a Great Britain Website.

If this box looks like something you'd like, you can use code MARYK-ACB and get your first box half off. That's a big box of food for only $10! and you can cancel anytime. So if you're interested, go to the DegustaBox site and sign up and don't forget to use my code to get your first box for just $10.

Have you tried any of these products?

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Favorite Picture of the Week

Falcor likes to have a blanket on his bed. He usually climbs underneath it and has just his nose sticking out but on this day he climbed half way out with the blanket still mostly around him and laid down on the floor and went back to sleep. Goofy dog.

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Review: The Dragon's Dilemma by Jessie Donovan

Book Description

In order to pay for her father's life-saving cancer treatment, Holly Anderson offers herself up as a sacrifice and sells the vial of dragon's blood. In return, she will try to bear a Scottish dragon-shifter a child. While the dragonman assigned to her is kind, Holly can't stop looking at his twin brother. It's going to take everything she has to sleep with her assigned dragonman. If she breaks the sacrifice contract and follows her heart, she'll go to jail and not be able to take care of her father.

Even though he's not ready to settle down, Fraser MacKenzie supports his twin brother's choice to take a female sacrifice to help repopulate the clan. Yet as Fraser gets to know the lass, his dragon starts demanding something he can't have - his brother's sacrifice.

Holly and Fraser fight the pull between them, but one stolen kiss will change everything. Will they risk breaking the law and betraying Fraser's twin? Or, will they find a way out of the sacrifice contract and live their own happily ever after?

My Review

I grabbed this book when one of my blogger friends posted that it was free at the time. I do love these freebies. 

Holly Anderson is in a tough place because she wants to take care of her father who has cancer but in order to do that she has to give a lot of herself. She's made a contract with a dragon shifter and has agreed to have a child with the dragon shifter. In exchange they gave her a vial of dragon blood that she sold so she could pay for experimental cancer treatments for her father. Since the dragon shifters don't have a lot of population, they have turned to human sacrifices as they call them, to repopulate their kind. 

Once these sacrifice contracts are signed, there's no backing out. She could go to jail if she tried. So when Fraser realizes that she is more than just his brother's sacrifice, he keeps quiet because he wants his brother to be happy but his dragon isn't having it. Things really get interesting after that.

I really liked seeing how Fraser and Holly get to know one another. Things heat up between these two really fast because of the mating frenzy and the fact that his dragon doesn't have a lot of patience for Fraser and Holly to get to know one another over time. No, the dragon inside of Fraser wants things to happen right now and they do but Holly is no push over and she puts his dragon in his place real fast. It was fun, sexy and romantic.

My only real problem with this book was that we didn't get enough back story about the human sacrifice or the dragon hunters. I didn't realize for the entire first half of the book that the dragon shifters had to worry about some humans hurting them. There's also the fact that there are rogue shifters that left this clan of dragon shifters and they are not nice at all. They follow the old ways and don't want humans mating with dragons so they are not happy that their ex clan has a new sacrifice and they try to stop it from working out. 

There was a lot going on in this book and while a little more back story would have been nice, it was a really great read the way it was. 

I give this book 4 out of 5 stars. 

Monday, May 14, 2018

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