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Dirty Talk Secrets: Your 150 Sexy Dirty Phrases That Will Blow Your Sex Life Up: Sexy Talk, Relationship Advice, Couple Intimacy, Simple Sexy Phrases, ... dirty, advice for couples, dirty talks tex)
Dirty Talk Secrets: Your 150 Sexy Dirty Phrases That Will Blow Your Sex Life Up: Sexy Talk, Relationship Advice, Couple Intimacy, Simple Sexy Phrases, ... dirty, advice for couples, dirty talks tex)
Price: £1.99

1.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious at best, Disturbing at worst., 12 Aug. 2015
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Admitting straight off that I downloaded this for 'a laugh' and we were entertained (crying with laughter) at these 'educational' phrases (that anyone who's watched some bad porn could have come up with) UNTIL some rather disturbing phrases appeared and made us feel very uncomfortable, ie phrases implying they were ignoring the wishes of their partner.... to put it mildly. Read them to a male friend who was also disturbed by them.


The Voyage of the Narwhal (Text Only)
The Voyage of the Narwhal (Text Only)
Price: £4.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Great read, 20 Jun. 2015
I have a soft spot for Arctic expedition novels (I have no idea why) and I really enjoyed this one. I would have given 5 stars but for me I just felt like it was left in a way that required a second book, it was ambiguous as to what would happen to them and I wanted to know - but then I suppose that in itself is an indication that the characters had been written so well that I cared about what happened to them!
There were so many themes dealt with in a very realistic way, from sibling rivalries/jealousies, to the issues surrounding scientific 'collections' and studying other cultures.
There were enough twists and turns and suspense to keep me wanting to pick up the book at every avaialble opportunity, as well.
One I will definitely be recommending to friends/family.


Grey: Fifty Shades of Grey as told by Christian
Grey: Fifty Shades of Grey as told by Christian
Price: £3.45

15 of 21 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Shame on E L James for trying to squeeze even more money out of people who don't seem to realise there's a wealth of GOOD S&M/BD, 20 Jun. 2015
Interesting to see previous fans finally realising what the rest of us did in the first 3 - that he's not a tortured soul with a penchant for S&M, but actually a sadistic control freak with mummy-issues.
Shame on E L James for trying to squeeze even more money out of people who don't seem to realise there's a wealth of GOOD S&M/BDSM erotic literature out there written by fantastic authors who know their stuff AND know how to create a well rounded character.
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The Six Gun Tarot
The Six Gun Tarot
by R. S. Belcher
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Great fun to read and changed my opinion on 'Weird-Westerns', 9 Mar. 2015
This review is from: The Six Gun Tarot (Paperback)
I don't know why but I'd always avoided Weird-Westerns and steampunk novels, assuming (I now know foolishly) I wouldn't like them. I have a feeling The Six-Gun Tarot will always hold a special place in my reading-heart because it was my first foray into the genre, and I loved it. :)
This book gains from me the highest praise I can give a book - which is that whilst I always want to write, and do write, Six-Gun Tarot left me ITCHING to write. So of course I had to give 5 stars!

I loved the way the character's were written, even those who don't get a chapter or two of back story are not secondary in any way, they're still interesting, and even with a few sentences, a few actions, they're part of the fabric of Golgotha.
The plot itself had a nicely interwoven structure, between past and present, the supernatural and the visceral aspects of human nature, all in all I had a hard time putting it down.

If you're after an entertaining tale and some mystery (or rather, you aren't bothered by not having every little 'why' and 'how' explained in a realistic fashion) then I would definitely recommend this book. I'm looking forward to reading more about Golgotha and from R.S.Belcher in general.


Owned (Decadence after Dark Book 1) (A Decadence after Dark Novel)
Owned (Decadence after Dark Book 1) (A Decadence after Dark Novel)
Price: £1.28

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Irredeemable Main characters and a weak, weak plot., 9 Mar. 2015
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Whatever your views are on reading about a woman who is starved beaten and sexually assaulted, the 'Hero' of the story was terribly unlikeable, with lots of shoehorned in bits about how bad he was feeling, which culminates in ***Spoilers ahead*** the worst excuse in the world for 'training' her. Not only were the details of the 'secret mission' vague (or maybe the explanation was in one of the many passages I skipped) it was laughable - in reality she would have been moved into a witness protection style arrangement, can you imagine what would happen if a woman went to the media with THAT story? Yes it's a fantasy, but in those last pages any redeemable qualities dissipate and he just becomes a selfish manipulator and rapist. It worries me when the words 'romance' are applied to a story like this. It's Dark Erotica - NOT romance.
Add to that repetition as chapter after chapter she's upset, oh but then he's so sexy, he's a bit nice to her but then he's mean to her again, what can this all mean oh maybe being kidnapped from my promising future isn't so bad after all (did I mention the heroine's a wet blanket - lots of 'telling' us she's very upset about the whole situation, lots of 'showing' us she's just desperate for this man's attention.)
The sex scenes, the ones I read, were written well, and that's about all I can say. Otherwise I was reminded of the writing 'quality' of 50 shades of grey on more than one occasion... sorry.
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Cook's One Line a Day: A Five-Year Culinary Memory Book (Journals)
Cook's One Line a Day: A Five-Year Culinary Memory Book (Journals)
by Chronicle Books
Edition: Diary
Price: £12.09

4.0 out of 5 stars The book is great - but 1 star less as mine was incomplete!, 30 Dec. 2014
I love it, very small lines but I'd rather have to write small than have another huge hardback book in the kitchen.

Only one problem - mine had missing pages! It was missing 3 weeks at the end of the year, and as I bought it a few months back the shop have told me I have to contact chronicle books directly... we'll have to see what happens.


The Falcons of Fire and Ice
The Falcons of Fire and Ice
Price: £5.22

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not instantaneously enthralled as with all her others!, 31 Dec. 2013
This is the first one of her books that I didn't read within days of picking up - in fact I read the first 2 chapters, forgot about it, read 3 other books, then came back to it, and my boyfriend has done the same!
That being said, I'm glad I did, I recommend you stick with it, as the pace picks up and her usual blend of fact, the supernatural, and complicated and compelling relationships emerges. I do not know very much about the time period and place in history, so there was no room for me to get annoyed about any historical and supernatural overlaps!
Would always recommend Company of Liars and Owl killers over this, but if you're a fan of hers don't miss it.


At the Precipice of Poverty
At the Precipice of Poverty
Price: £3.60

3.0 out of 5 stars Bizarro, 4 Dec. 2013
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I strange mix of what I assume are memories passed down to the author which have been fictionalised whilst retaining names of real people that lived in the area (slightly changed perhaps). Both sets of my great Grandparents we living in this road and the roads adjacent at the time, and whilst I can believe a lot of what is written in this book, it does go into fantasy fairy land for a bit (a vicar who lets his daughter go off to Croydon alone with a prizefighter?!?) and made for quite a stressful read. I was particularly interested in the representation of the King family who I'd previously heard were well respected and a couple of them were war heroes.
Also found it quite odd how the characters often spoke in upper-middle class dialogue. Not how I remember my Nan talking! And shows how the author is more reciting second hand stories as opposed to actually giving each character a voice.
A weird read, would recommend it if like me you have connections to the area but take the stories with a pinch of salt, not everyone could have been gin swilling baby killers!


Warnings Of Gales
Warnings Of Gales
Price: £2.99

3.0 out of 5 stars Bit slow moving in parts, just not my cup of tea!, 27 Sept. 2013
This review is from: Warnings Of Gales (Kindle Edition)
I read this book because it had been left by a previous occupant at the self catering cottage where we stayed in Cornwall. It took me a while to decide how many stars to give it, because really, this book is exactly what it sets out to be, yet I just found it so STRESSFUL to read. I can't stand awkward social situations, I'm very much for being honest and as nice as possible, and this was like reading about my nightmare holiday. Plus I did find myself skim reading at one point, and the ending was a little "and then this happened and this happened and everyone was ok the end".
I also resented the way some bits of Cornwall were represented, and felt an opportunity was missed to use the location to advantage, but then I guess a lot of families probably do miss out in that sense when visiting the area!
Otherwise though the rising tensions were well played out, and the dialogue was realistic, as were the character's reactions to the various situations they found themselves in.
If Chick Lit is your thing, then I would say definitely give it a go. If like me you don't enjoy reading about modern stresses (I read to ESCAPE these situations) then maybe go for something else!


HP G62-B27SA Laptop PC 15.6 Inch (AMD Athlon II Dual-Core Processor P340,  3 GB RAM, 500 GB HDD, Genuine Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit)
HP G62-B27SA Laptop PC 15.6 Inch (AMD Athlon II Dual-Core Processor P340, 3 GB RAM, 500 GB HDD, Genuine Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit)

3.0 out of 5 stars Don't let it run hot, whatever you do!, 29 Jun. 2013
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My laptop started to overheat, and then freeze. Before this it had run reasonably well for a low-spec laptop, as long as you didn't have too many programs running at once etc. I've rea on pc forums/websites that HP used a particular metal for elements of this laptop and another in the same line (G60 I think) that 'melt' when the laptop overheats and this is what causes the apparently irreversible (at least without major fixing) freezing problem. I can now turn my laptop on, and use for around 10 mins, using one program at a time, and then it freezes and I have to force it to shut down again. Seeing as this is a fault with the design you'd think HP would be more helpful, but no. Mine lasted 7 months before this started. There are other budget laptops without this problem, go with those!


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