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Pilates Weight Loss Workout For Dummies [DVD]
Pilates Weight Loss Workout For Dummies [DVD]
Price: £7.50

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If I can do this, so can you! Love it!, 3 Mar 2010
Rarely do I get excited about exercise, or weight loss, but since I have had a recent change of lifestyle, I am now in need of looking after myself better. So I thought I'd start now, BEFORE things go bad - and try this. :) Pilates is supposed to focus on the core postural muscles which help keep the body balanced and which are essential to providing support for the spine. It's a much gentler way of exercising, while it also gets the heart pumping. Most of it concentrates on the stretching and toning of the body as a whole. This is achieved by concentration, alignment, centering, control, precision, and breathing. I really enjoyed it, and felt quite satisfied at the end of it - stretched, but not achy. Not bad! In fact, I am keen to find out a lot more about just what there is available out there now exercise has finally excited me!

What I particularly liked are the helpful hints. Like "Mythbusters", "Warnings", and the "Jargon Busters" that popped up on screen every now and then. Plus all it took was 20 mins standing up and 15 mins floor exercises, which went so very quick and made me feel pretty chuffed I'd completed it all. Without cheating. This is certainly one for beginners like me. And as for weight loss, well it's exercise I wasn't getting, it must work better than doing none, as long as it's completed regularly. Definitely one to recommend!

The Gift of Girls (Nexus)
The Gift of Girls (Nexus)
by Chloë Thurlow
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
Price: £7.25

11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simon Gives Magdalena a Run for his Money!, 2 Mar 2010
When Magdalena Wallace lands a job as an intern with Simon Roche's accountancy firm she is given a fair amount of responsibility with his accounts, including his passwords. Whilst moonlighting at a part time evening job in a casino, she meets Sandy Cunningham, and upon discovering that his winning streak is not luck at all, but a well thought out gambling system, she finds herself doing anything to get the insider details.

Unfortunately, gambling online during office hours and not sticking to the system's policy of stopping when she makes a loss means Magdalena must try another way to recoup her losses. In desperation she borrows money from the accountancy firm. Of course, she loses everything and her borrowing now stands as embezzling. Repentant, Magdalena confesses all to Simon, including that she hasn't the money to pay him back and will do anything to sort it out between them as long as it doesn't involve the police. Not surprisingly, Simon comes up with the perfect solution. Well, she did express a willingness to do anything and that is just what she gets when she becomes his slave in order to redeem herself.

The transition from 'a quick work time gamble' to a serious offence is very believable and well written. Simon is a wonderfully dominant character, who ultimately is out to dominate Magdalena for his own purposes. Magdalena is full of self doubt as to whether she can cope with what she has taken on even though the matter is out of her hands. As we follow her on her journey of submission and discover the true meaning of what it entails to be one of girls inside the Black Spires mansion, in which the most powerful and rich businessmen meet, we see that there is so much more to her new way of life - and indeed this book - than at first it would seem. Superb take on one woman's plight for redemption, and her struggle to submit far beyond that of which she ever thought herself capable considering her sheltered upbringing. We see how she adapts to the demands of being a gift under her new Master's orders, of which she is at first shocked by and then relishes in. Chloe Thurlow's story is top notch and will get you in the mood to agree to anything just to get a slice of what Magdalena has, whether or not you are that way inclined.

Dark Obsession (Black Lace)
Dark Obsession (Black Lace)
by Fredrica Alleyn
Edition: Paperback
Price: £5.99

12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Filthy Rich in Detail, 2 Mar 2010
With her boss, Martin Wells, retiring in three years, interior designer, Annabel, is told to take on client, Lady Corbett-Wynne, single-handedly in order to get in practice for when she will take over the whole business. Embarking on her first solo adventure, Annabel discovers that beneath the delightful dinner parties and the lavish splendour of Leyton Hall the wealthy aristocratic Corbette-Wynne family and their loyal subservient staff are a façade for what is really going on.

Crucially, the characters in this book work wonderfully together as an upper class, sexually deviant ensemble. Young lovers, the Honourable Crispian and his stepsister Tania, have an insatiable appetite for each other and anyone else they can involve. Their philandering father, with a fetish for being dominated, has a penchant for riding not just the horses but willing female stable grooms. The Lord's frigid wife is, unbeknown to him, not immune to the sins of the flesh when the right person comes along, namely Sir Mathew Stevens, who has a way to charm even the most coldest fish out of her knickers, giving the Lady Corbett-Wynne a taste of what's missing in her life. While amazed, Annabel takes it all in her stride and is willing to have a go at anything new, which in her case is just about everything. How could her life ever be the same again?

This story is filthily rich in detail, intense and infused with a sense of fun and these are defining qualities of an outstanding tale, which quickly puts Dark Obsession in a class of its own. A very naughty read, just what I'd expect from Fredrica Alleyn and Black Lace! I'll definitely be checking out more of this author's work. Who'd of thought one family would have so much fun?

Going Too Far
Going Too Far
by Laura Hamilton
Edition: Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Lots of humour, amateur espionage, and piping hot scenes, 2 Mar 2010
This review is from: Going Too Far (Paperback)
Ten days before Bliss Van Bon is due to go on a three month trip to South America, her friend and travelling companion Rachel, breaks her leg. Resided to the fact that she has to go alone or not at all, Bliss is surprised to hear that her flatmate has a friend, Carlos "Charlie" Garcia, living out there, and he is more than willing to meet Bliss and show her around, which he does. With Carlos she discovers an overwhelming need to please; a side of herself that embraces relinquishment of control and completely trusting a man she hardly knows but can't get enough of.

Along her travels Bliss also meets two Australians, Robbie and Red. Both of them are on a mission against multinational companies and support local businesses that are ecological and environmentally friendly. The conflict arises when Robbie and Red explain to Bliss that Carlos works for just the sort of global corporation they oppose. She is torn. Carlos is kinky, into bondage and is very dominant with her, whilst her eco-warriors have a specialist taste for voyeurism and a ménage à trois of sorts where she has s3x with Red whilst Robbie watches. Oh, what to do?

What a fun adventure! This book encapsulates exactly what sort of trouble a single girl travelling alone can get into, by Going Too Far - along with lots of humour, amateur espionage, piping hot s3x, and a delicious, mouth-watering finale involving all three men, a video camera and men with sp^nk. And I mean that in the most American way possible. Of course!

Lucifer's Lover
Lucifer's Lover
by Tracy Cooper-Posey
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £16.99

1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great dialogue, speedy read and plenty of Twists & Turns, 2 Mar 2010
This review is from: Lucifer's Lover (Hardcover)
Head of marketing at the Freeman Hotel, Lindsay Eden, has a new rival, Luke Pierse, and incredulously Lindsay has just been talked into making a bet for a lucrative account both she and Luke want to control. If Lindsay wins Luke says she can have anything she wants, which she feels is stupid. How the Hell will he be able to furnish her with the job of the hotel manager before her birthday? The only thing that keeps her going is that if Luke loses his side of the bet means he has to leave town. Forever. If he wins, however, all he wants is a date with Lindsay. Hell yeah, that's never going to happen if she has anything to do with it. And so the battle commences.

Oh, how Lindsay and Luke love and hate each other! Yet, as I read this, I couldn't help thinking he is so right for her. And I loved that in this book. Of course, he puts her through her paces and their undeniable attraction is denied until the very last minute; and even then it's not plain sailing!

Tracy Cooper-Posey has a flair for writing her characters deep, and by this I mean she knows how to play her characters who all have different, layered personalities that just leap from the page with their own very emotional stories to tell. This is what makes her books so realistic and a treasure to read. Add great dialogue, an intriguing plot with several twists and turns, and it all makes for a speedy, thought-provoking tale of two people trying to make the best of their emotionally scarred lives. They have a lot to contend with before they can even commit to one another. The author pushed me to the edge of frustration, irritation and exasperation and then brought me back to a satisfying end. One I won't forget in a hurry, that's for sure. A really enjoyable old fashioned romance, but with the contemporary setting of the modern day workaholic world. With this book I rode the emotional roller coaster, and if romance is your thing, I am positive you will, too. Written from the heart.

Updated edition: Betting With Lucifer
Cerridwen Press

Tea for Two
Tea for Two
by Shelley Munro
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.63

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Fine Romance!, 2 Mar 2010
This review is from: Tea for Two (Paperback)
Hayley Williams, works at the Home Office by day, is moonighting as tea-leaf reading gypsy Madam Deveraux by night. Although originally a fake fortune teller, she has a natural gift as an intuitive listener and has become pretty good telling fortunes through tea leaves. So much so her friend Suzie invites Hayley to attend a conference she is organising, as Madam Deveraux. Here she meets a man, Sam Norville, who she has met before, only, he knows her as Helen. Hey, she panicked. He is famous after all, and she wasn't looking into getting into another relationship. But at the conference, disguised as Madam Deveraux, she panics again, and not wanting to spoil her chances with him, and reveal who really is under her gypsy costume, she then spontaneously tells him her name is Harriet. This girl just can't help herself! She's so impulsive!

Confused? Poor Sam is. His family have a belief, a strange tradition, they fall in love at first sight with their chosen ones. He really likes Helen, but he hasn't seen her for a while, and if his family are right, he can't understand why is he attracted to Harriet as well? To add to his worries, if he keeps seeing both of these women, one of them is going to get hurt. Eventually, he's going to have to choose one over the other. No wonder the poor chap's confused!

Looks like Hayley, Madam Deveraux, Helen and Harriet have got some explaining to do, but you know what it's like. Once a little white lie comes out, it multiplies until it gets out of control. Sooner or later, Hayley is going to have to tell him the truth, and what could be worse than trying to explain that one to him?

I found Tea for Two to be a fun read, where only Hayley, her friend and the reader are privy to the truth. You just know she's heading for a fall, and that's exactly what kept me reading on. It's also very romantic, with some memorable scenes, and it intrigued me right to the end. A surprise twist involving her jealous sister Abbey, raises some serious, heart rendering issues for Hayley to deal with. Then there's the blackmail, revenge and more lies and the totally happy ending. Phew! All in all, this book just proves to me, once again, what a talented author Shelley Munro is. A fine romance.

Uncharted 2: Among Thieves (PS3)
Uncharted 2: Among Thieves (PS3)
Offered by Game Dealz
Price: £8.53

5.0 out of 5 stars You too can be Nate Drake!, 20 Nov 2009
= Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars 
Uncharted 2: Among Thieves is a fantastic sequel exclusive to PS3. The graphics are vividly realistic. It has a real cinematic feel to it. The action sequences of the character driven story are actually very interesting, full of adventure, and it's like being part of game and a film all rolled into one. Naughty Dog, certainly knew what they were doing with this and the improvements like new tactics for fire fights, better stealth and the fact that Drake can carry propane tanks and riot shields are all welcome additions.

For online battles (which I love!) there are six options for the multi-player menu, Matchmaking (for a quick match), Custom (game type, map and other variations), Cinema (follow a character in motion!), Profile (manage preferred character and boosters), Party Up (access other user profiles) and Store (an In-Game store). There are also several game types to choose from Deathmatch, Elimination, Plunder, Turf War, King of the Hill, Chain Reaction, Survival, Gold Rush, Machinima, Co-Op. This is a huge game, SO worth the money, and such fun to play. I know it all seems too good to be true, but believe me, it is! Nate is pretty cool too. If only he was real! He could decipher my mysteries any day...

Gentleman's Willy Care Kit
Gentleman's Willy Care Kit
Price: £8.99

42 of 57 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Willy or Won't He Love It?, 20 Nov 2009
Oh he will! Now, this has been around for a while, but until recently I never had anyone to buy one for, which I needed as I don't personally have a willy of my own. Well, not one that is attached to me.

This is exactly what to get a man who has everything. With this you can fluff (brush), style (shears), spruce (silverware mirror), dress up (chunky metal bracelet with mini medallion) and it all comes in a smart leatherette case.

Admittedly, I thought this was more of a joke present, but I've been told it's very useful and although that was a bit of shock to me, I was secretly pleased this had more value than just entertainment.

Another thing is that the styling "shears" as they are called, are not so frightening as they sound - they're really only small scissors...but shears sounds rather dangerous.

Finally, the Gentleman's Willy Care Kit will have your willy, or your man's, in good shape and groomed to perfection in no time at all, and we all know you can't keep down a well looked after willy. Now, that's got to be worth the money!

Racing Sperm
Racing Sperm
Offered by Switched On
Price: £3.65

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I'm not winding you up - this is real!, 20 Nov 2009
This review is from: Racing Sperm
For those of you who like the bizarre mixed with a wee bit of naughtiness, this funny set will intrigue and amuse, I'm sure.

You get one pretty pink magnetic egg and two windup, clockwork powered racing sperm, and at 6cm's long each they are much bigger than the average sperm. :) It's no wonder she has a coy smile on her face!

With Christmas looming this makes a fun adult stocking filler, although it would also make the perfect silly, but saucy pressie for any occasion. Particularly for that woman at the office who has just announced she's pregnant, and I suspect couples trying for a baby would also find this amusing. I'm neither of those, by the way, I bought this simply because I'm a big kid, and for the novelty value. I find they make nifty desk toys and cause quite a stir among friends, especially at parties. Childish? Maybe. Fun? Absolutely!

Sony PlayStation 3 Slim Console (250GB Model) with Uncharted 2: Among Thieves (PS3)
Sony PlayStation 3 Slim Console (250GB Model) with Uncharted 2: Among Thieves (PS3)

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best (although expensive) Entertainment Investment so far..., 20 Nov 2009
= Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars 
This is easy to set up and has so many features. The slim model not only looks good, but it is smaller, lighter and for the environmentally aware gamer it's less power consuming than the original PS3 models. I love the online features where joining up with other gamers is easy and such a lot of fun!

It can play or view these file formats ATRAC, MP3, AAC, JPEG, MPEG-4, but incredibly it cannot read PS2 formats. You can, however, create an internal memory for this older software but it won't allow you to play them! So, don't bother trying! Of course, this feature is compatible for saving data in all PS3 formats. And back up is essential! Which is why I went for the 250gb hard disc drive model - a huge amount of storage useful for both the gaming and Internet downloading aspects.

The pitfalls? Nearly everything you need to get started is included, but (and this is a big but) you only get the minimum - all the good stuff (headset, keypad, remote control etc) comes separately and at an additional expense, which is such a shame and a tad unfair.

Despite this, I do believe this model gives the ultimate gaming experience. It has 2 x USB ports, a HDMI (High-Definition Multimedia Interface) port, Scart out, Ethernet and Optical Digital Audio out and one super cool Bluetooth (2.0) cable free controller. The cable is included should the battery wear down, and all you need to do is pause the game and plug the cable into the USB port to continue playing and recharge at the same time. Incidentally, I already had Broadband wireless Internet so no Ethernet cable was required.

Plus there are so many other things you can do; play Blu-Ray, DVD and music discs, text and video messaging (Yes, you can chat to friends while playing!), browse the internet, watch BBC iPlayer programmes, YouTube, view digital photos and (of course let me repeat) multi-player online gaming. On some games you can even access Twitter!)

For those of you with kids there are BD (with BD Live support), DVD and Internet browser parental controls, so you can easily have 18+ games in the house, but the set will be restricted.

Favourite game so far? Uncharted 2: Among Thieves (PS3), which came with it in this bundle. But that's another review!

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