I swoon over fictional men


July 2016

Date nights with Raphael would include…


*sees you approaching Archangel Tower looking, if possible, even better than last time!* Whoah, whoah. Not so fast there. ID, please. Yeah, I know. Rules are rules, though. Dmitri would definitely punish me if I just let you- actually, no. I don’t need to see your ID. Come right on in! *quickly pulls you inside*

So *nudges you in the ribs* A date night with Raphael, eh? Come, let’s head to the roof. He said he’ll meet you there.

*leads you to the elevator* Not afraid of heights, are you? Got more than seventy five floors to the climb in this tiny thing. Phew. Good. Well *gestures for you to step inside the elevator* I guess I should tell you what to expect tonight. I think you’re in for a treat. Date nights with Raphael will include him probably/definitely:

  1. Making sure you’re well fed beforehand. I can almost 100% guarantee he’s got a table set up on the roof.
  2. Sweeping you into his arms and taking you for a spin through the clouds.
  3. Finding your reaction to his glamour somewhat amusing.
  4. Taking you to his private residence and asking Montgomery to cook you both a meal.
  5. Simply listening to you talk, surprised to find himself enraptured by you; the way you move your hands, the way you speak…
  6. Gently sweeping the hair from your face when it falls over your eyes.
  7. Sweeping you into his arms and taking you for another spin through the clouds…with some extras thrown in.
  8. Showing you his swanky bathroom.
  9. Getting your clothes laundered ready for the next day.
  10. Leaving early for Archangel Tower but getting Dmitri or Venom to bring a car for you.

Ooo I’m ever so slightly envious but *elevator doors open* I’m saving myself for Illium. Have fun!


Oh god, the difference between this ‘Date nights..’ and the previous are unreal. Definitely biased haha


‘Angels’ Blood’ Nalini Singh


The Guildhunter series was my first dip into the ocean that’s paranormal romance and seeing as the latest book, Archangel’s Heartis due out later this year, I decided it a fantastic idea to reread the series beforehand. I probably shouldn’t even be reviewing this incredible series. I’m ever so slightly biased when it comes to Nalini Singh and her beautifully written books (if you hadn’t already guessed).

You see, not only is Nalini a gifted writer, she’s also a wonderful person. I’m going to tell you a little story – a true story, actually – and the reasoning behind my admiration for her will become much clearer. As some of you may know, up until March I was living and working in Japan as an English teacher and this is a job Nalini once worked. It’s a well-known fact. It’s listed on her website and in the author bio of her books so, prior to my departure, I decided to drop her an email and ask for handy hints to help me survive my initial first few months out there.

Damn. Not only did she reply, she sent me the longest, most informative reply I’ve ever received back from anything! She was so warm and helpful, wishing me luck and giving me tons of advice that really helped. Her kindness made me feel so much better about upping roots and moving to the other side of the world. She assured me and I kept a print out of her email folded away safely in one of my notebooks, always looking to it when I felt nervous or uncertain in my new job role and home.

So yeah. Perhaps a teeny tiny bit biased.

Anyway. Moving on to…Elena Deveraux, Angels’ Blood’s leading lady. As a vampire hunter, Elena leads a challenging life, a life that is fraught with danger at every twist and turn. Or so she thought. When she is hired by the mysterious yet powerful Archangel of New York, Raphael, she soon realizes that the paranormal underbelly of the city is far, far darker than she could have ever imagined.  Raphael gives her a clear cut mission: succeed. The stakes are high and failure is not an option. But this is like no other hunt Elena has ever undertaken. She’s not hunting a vampire. She’s hunting an archangel overcome with madness and fueled with bloodlust. She’s hunting Uram. 

When I first picked up this book in the bookstore, I was initially a little apprehensive. The blurb sounded a bit cheesy but I decided to throw caution to the wind and buy a copy anyway. Up until that point, I hadn’t read a single paranormal romance novel so there was plenty of blushing when I reached a sentence that mentioned thrusting fingers somewhere. If I remember correctly, I was on my lunch break at work and hastily drew the book against my body lest anyone see the words I’d just read.

Blushing aside, I was soon enamored of this book. It’s filled with action, drama and sizzling passion and the world that Nalini has crafted, a world in which vampires prowl the streets and angels soar the skies, is believable. I found myself completely and utterly engulfed by this fictional New York and the people within it.

One thing I really, really love about this book (and the series in general) is the racial diversity within it. I’ve noticed in some series I’ve read, the protagonist is always described as having ‘pale’ or ‘creamy’ skin and it’s a recurrent theme that I find troubling. Everyone is represented in the Guildhunter world – we’ve got Elena with her ‘dark gold skin’, Sara with ‘skin the rich, melting color of cinnamon coffee ‘, Michaela (the gorgeous bitch) stunning men and woman alike throug the centuries with skin the color of ‘fine milk chocolate’…and this is only the first book. Later in the series we meet…stop, Jazz. Don’t ruin it. The point I’m making is that it accurately represents the world in which we live in today; diverse and multicultural. My brother and sister are both mixed race and I want them to grow up in a world where everyone is represented in the arts, regardless of race or skin color.

Speaking of characters, I adore Raphael and Elena. Raphael initially comes across as ruthless and cold but Elena, feisty, sarcastic and brutally scathing, breaks down the barriers he’s encased around his heart and it’s beautiful seeing how their relationship buds and blossoms. I think they’re perfect for each other and while Raphael is protective, bestowing her with Illium as an angelic guard, he doesn’t underestimate her. He trusts her to complete the task he has set her. He believes in her and he believes in her strength and skill.

I can’t recommend this book enough. Can you guess what rating I’m giving it?

Yup. 5 out of 5!


I’ve decided I’m also going to start giving fictional couples songs…I present you with Elena and Raphael’s song: 10cc’s I’m not in loveI feel it apt to describe their initial confusion over their feelings towards one another.

This book is available on Amazon in both paperback and e-reader format.

My motto for life 

Or if you go home with someone who describes your books as “that shit you read” (that actually happened once) don’t fuck ’em.

Nope. Don’t need that negativity in my life. I want to be with someone who’ll happily indulge and share in my love for books, who’ll talk about their favorite characters with passion in their voice and fire in their eyes…

Oh I can dream. 

I need this…

…but it’s listed as ‘unavailable’ on Amazon 😦  

Date nights with Lachlain would include…


*opens door to Kinevane, muttering to self*  How’d I get here? *sees you standing on the doorstep looking absolutely gorgeous!* Oh hey there. I love your outfit! Where’d you get it? Yeah, I know. You are a bit early for your date with Lachlain, but no worries. Come on in *opens door, ushers you inside* Tea? Coffee? Eighteen shots of vodka to numb you against the impending horror? No? Well, if you’re sure. Sit down…no, not that chair. Lachlain shredded the upholstery. Wait, not that one either *sighs* Actually, let’s just sit on the floor. Comfy?

Well, seeing as you’re here early, it’s perhaps only fair I tell you what to expect from tonight. So, for some crazy reason you’ve decided to have a date night with Lachlain. Good luck, you’re gonna need it. Date nights with Lachlain will probably/definitely include him:

  1. Tearing the clothes from your body as he’s overcome with his horrifyingly uncontrollable lust.
  2. Threatening to kill you unless you kiss him.
  3. Attempting to get you drunk so he can have his wicked way with you.
  4. Making you pay for everything. And I mean everything. Food, drinks, taxis…and for goodness sake, don’t let that man near any clothes stores! Unless you can afford a six figure credit card bill.
  5. Getting pissed that you’d have the audacity to show *gasps* bare skin. God forbid anyone else look at you!
  6. Publicly humiliating you.
  7. Openly mocking your parentage.
  8. Getting confused by the overly high-tech DVD player if you return and decide to watch a movie.
  9. Almost killing you while he sleeps.
  10. Bursting into the bathroom while you’re showering.


Have fun! *traces because somehow I suddenly have that ability*

My rainy-days-spent-reading pants 

Eeeeee got these today! I adore Pusheen and, since it was pay day yesterday, I figured I’d treat myself. 

Inspiration strikes at the strangest of times

While I was cooking some pasta, a lightening bolt of inspiration struck me. I suddenly found I had a new idea for a regular feature I could do on this blog! Yay!

After each book review, I’m going to do a Date nights with <insert character’s name> would include… list.

Hmm A Hunger Like No Other’s Lachlain should prove an interesting write.


Fifty Word Story – Book Fests Award

She closed her eyes as a jolt of pleasure coursed through her body. She stretched out on the sofa, aching for more. Her body simply begged for it. She smiled inwardly, willing to submit to its needs. Just for one night. She reached out…and grabbed another slice of pizza. Delicious.

Phew. And I thought it was difficult writing a one hundred word story.

Enjoying the challenges set by the wonderful people over on the Book Fests blog!

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