Book Review – Accidentally Hers by Jamie Beck…

When ruggedly sexy backcountry guide Grey Lowell moves to Sterling Canyon, Colorado, after buying the ski-expedition company Backtrax, his plans don’t include romance. Still, it’s fun to look—especially across a crowded restaurant at a beauty he dubs “Bambi.” But all his plans change later that night when he’s injured by a drunk driver.

Physical therapist Avery Randall is shocked to learn that Grey’s the man her brother struck with his car, and even more stunned when he arrives at the clinic expecting her help. Despite her reservations and Grey’s silly new nickname for her, Avery agrees to work with him, and passion begins to simmer. Yet with his livelihood at stake, Grey must make tough decisions that could hurt Avery and her family. Before long, Avery’s loyalties are tested, and the choices she and Grey each make may cost them their chance at lasting love.

This book is the first of four that make up the Sterling Canyon series. I was looking forward to reading this as the blurb made it sound like an excellent story and I was in need of a nice dose of literary cotton wool. I have a thing for books that run in a series as you get a chance to get know the characters much better and can become immersed in the inter-sectioning stories.

The story is your typical handsome rugged looking guy falls for gorgeous girl and vice versa. Their paths cross in unusual circumstances and it soon becomes clear that they were meant for each other.

I liked Avery’s character a great deal as she was sassy and realistic. She was very bright and determined yet vulnerable in some areas of her life.

Grey was a kind character. He very quickly realised the damage that pushing through his insurance claim would do to Avery and her family so he does everything that he can possibly do to prevent that.

The book isn’t the most taxing read in the world but so what? That is exactly why I chose to read it. It was just what I needed to read.

A pleasant four out of five star read.

Be kind to each other.x




Things You Take For Granted…

There are many things in this life that we all take for granted and are not in the slightest bit grateful that we have the ability to actually do them and do them without even thinking about it.

Little things like brushing your own hair and brushing your own teeth are so underrated… until you cannot do them by yourself. I cannot brush my own hair. My carer is awesome, but has so much to cope with that little things like my hair get forgotten about. Then I end up feeling guilty that I have to ask. Then half an hour later I have to ask again as it has been forgotten and so on and so on. I end up in floods of tears as I feel like I’m nagging for something that is so simple that is so simple, I should be able to do this for myself. Yet I can’t. I try to lift my arms up to get my hands to my head and my shoulders crack and searing agony shoots across the top of my body. My shoulders will not move more than an inch before they crack and pop, and if I’m not careful, they will dislocate. That, my dear readers hurts like a bee-otch I can tell you. I can’t brush my own freakin’ hair and I hate myself for it. I feel so freakin’ useless because of it. I really miss just being able to lift up the brush, style and go.

Brushing my teeth. That, like most of the hygiene related tasks that I can relate to is so difficult. On the good days when I can stand at the sink, I have an electric toothbrush, but when I can’t make it? I have to use listerine strips.

All of these little things. Hygiene, dressing, getting to the loo and even pampering yourself. Little things that you take for granted when you are “healthy”. You simply do not realise just how much you miss them until you can not do them, and the effect that this can have upon you as a person can be quite devastating, it really can.

I miss ironing. Yes, I know that you will all recoil in horror, but I genuinely did love ironing. I would put on some classical music and happily stand there till it was all ironed. Socks, underwear, towels, the lot. Even something as mundane as housework. Even things you hate (for me that was hoovering) but ironically I even miss that.

I guess that my point here is that you do not realise just how valuable little mundane aspects of your life truly are. Things that you would do without even thinking about it. Spreading your own butter on a piece of toast. Opening a can of fizzy juice. Those are the kinds of things that you do not miss until they are no longer a part of your everyday life.

I’m slowly learning how to cope with this aspect of my illness, and every day that passes, I become a little more adept at coming to terms with what I no longer have the ability to do due to my illness. I’ll never be completely over it but in life, we must learn to adapt when our circumstances change and we cannot prevent it.

I guess that what I am trying to say is this. Never, ever be upset or ungrateful about little things. Be glad, be happy that you can pick up that iron or push that hoover. Be glad you can make your own cup of tea or coffee. Be glad you can stand in the shower and not have to sit on a chair and have someone wash you while you are there.

Give thanks every day for the small stuff. Never ever lose that, and always love your life.

Well, I guess that is all for this time so I’ll finish here.

Be kind to each other.x

Unboxing and Reviewing My Bokksu Subscription Box – March ’18…

Oh wow. Just wow. I had been so so excited to get this subscription box. Out of all the ones that I have tried out, this has had the most content and been the best value for money of all. Again, this box was not gifted, I paid for it.

If you want to find out more about what’s actually in the box and the subscription then you can find all the details here…

When the Bokksu box actually arrived, and was hauled out of its external postage box, there were some eye popping packaging. The box is a gorgeous square bright red box and has a white line around the middle outside of the box and the Bokksu logo in the middle of the lid.

When you take the lid off the box you can feel yourself becoming more and more excited to see what’s inside and then when you actually see, I promise I squealed like a toddler on Christmas morning! I was so very excited by what I could see!

The theme of the March ’18 box is Glamorous Tokyo. The card that you get detailing all of your products has a brief history of the city on the back of it.

OK, let’s get to it. The first product I got my hands on was the cafe latte stick. You get two of these. It’s a light latte with a rich taste and it goes well with all of the snacks in the box. It is a really yummy coffee. I’m not a lover of strong coffee. This stuff

is great and it’s all in one sachet!

Next we come to the Maple Butter Cookie. You get three of these. I’m down to one already. Ooooooops! They have a very rich buttery taste and the creamy bit in the middle has a lovely maple syrup taste.

Now we find three small packs of Japanese mini fried rice crackers. This rice is fried and coated in sweet soy sauce and it makes a perfect balance between sweet and savoury. I’m loving these and my gosh they are moreish!

Now we come to the Koala’s March Strawberry biscuits. This is a large box so there is only one of them. They are small, buttery biscuits filled with a strawberry crime filling and they have cute Kawaii koalas on the biscuits! Very yummy they are too.

Next are Black Sesame Goma Senbei crackers. There are three of these. Senbei is a traditional Japanese rice cracker. Black sesame seeds add a roasted, toasty flavour that compliments the flavour of the Senbei well.

Next come the Horn Milk Chocolate biscuits. You get four of these. With famous Meiji chocolate sandwiched between two buttery biscuits, it’s a perfect match with a latte.

Oh my! A chocolate and banana cobbler! There is just one of these. They are gorgeously soft, like a brownie and taste delightful.

We also have an apple caramelised cobbler. Also, just one of these. Soft and yummy like the chocolate and banana one!

Next there is one packet of vegetable potato sticks. These crispy snacks are one of Japan’s favourites!

Next we get Tokyo Chocolate Tea. There are three of these. These biscuits are infused withe tea grown in the Tortoro Forest. The thin layer of chocolate melts away so perfectly.

Finally, and my absolute favourite of this box are the Premium Almond Rusks. There are sadly only three. They are twice baked and topped with sliced almonds, this crunchy baguette slice is flavoured with maple and almonds. I love them!

The best thing about this box is that there are no nasty plastic packing beads at all. The whole thing is perfectly cushioned by straw. I tried to get a picture so you can see.

This box is the best! I will be dropping at least one, maybe more to ensure that I can keep this subscription going. It’s just so perfect!

A 20 out of 10 score for this box!

Book Review – Someone Else’s Skin by Sarah Hilary…

Called to a women’s refuge to take a routine witness statement, DI Marnie Rome instead walks in on an attempted murder.

Trying to uncover the truth from layers of secrets, Marnie finds herself confronting her own demons.
Because she, of all people, knows that it can be those closest to us we should fear the most . . .

I actually came across DI Marnie Rome for the first time when I encountered her via an ARC from NetGalley. It was the second book in the series that I read first. I’m now reviewing book number one and intend to read book two again as I am keen to see if I have a different perspective this time around.

Marnie Rome may just be the third female DI that I have fallen in love with in recent weeks, the others being DI Kim Stone and DI Helen Grace. I stopped to think what it could possibly be that appealed to me so much about these three characters. Could it be that all three of them have very traumatic, albeit in different ways, pasts? It could certainly be a part of it, but I don’t think for one second that is all of it. Marnie, like the other two is multi-faceted and has a real gift for police work. Marnie the “dragon slayer” is how she’s seen. Marnie has real hurt to carry and seeing the vulnerability inherent in her character makes her appear to be much more human than you originally think she will be. We all carry grief and shock in different ways and we all turn in on ourselves at times to cope with that. Marnie does that a lot. Internalises her feelings so that she can be a better police officer. The problem is, and she realises this towards the end of the book is that doesn’t always work. Her past definitely affects how she works and the this book plays a massive part. I can’t say more without giving away spoilers.

Marnie’s relationship with her foster brother runs as an undercurrent throughout this book. She continues to visit him loyally after pledging to her parents memory that she would look after him. Deep down, the writer cleverly shows us that Steven is far from what Marnie thinks he is. She starts to slowly realises this and withdraws a little near the end of the book.

The twist in this novel was a very clever one. I really do not think that I have read anything like this before.

An utterly brilliant novel that kept me gripped until the last page. I cannot wait to read more of Marnie and her colleagues!

A five out of five star read.