Magnificent Bastard by Lili Valente

Book Description:

Published: April 25, 2016


F*ck Prince Charming. Sometimes, you need a Magnificent Bastard.

Face it, ladies: love sucks and then you cry…while your ex rides off into the sunset banging your best friend.

But why let a break-up end in tears when it can end with sweet revenge? Enter Magnificent Bastard Consulting and me, chief executive bastard. I’ve got it all—looks, brains, a heart of gold, and the killer instinct guaran-damn-teed to make your ex regret the day he said goodbye.

With the help of my virtual assistant, I’ve built an empire giving broken-hearted women the vengeance they deserve, while keeping myself far from the front lines of the heart. Life is a bowl of cherries, until my virtual assistant shows up on my real doorstep for the first time, begging for a Magnificent Bastard intervention of her own.

Damn… She’s a bona fide sex kitten.

I pride myself on being a true pro, but pretending to be her lover soon leads to giving it to her good, hard, fast, and up against the wall. And somewhere between getting balls deep in my sweet and sexy assistant and watching her ex beg for a second chance, I break every last one of my damn rules—professional and personal.

So what’s my next move? Fight for the girl who makes me want to get up on a white horse and ride to her rescue, or stay a Magnificent Bastard to the end?

Warning: MAGNIFICENT BASTARD is a stand-alone erotic romance told from the
hero’s point of view. No cliffhanger. Lots of dirty talk.

Review –

The blurb above says it all. The boss-assistant romance. So. Much. Fun.

My favorite things about this story were the humor and the hot, hot, hot sex scenes.

“I’m happy to strip you bare right here. Right now. Lift you up on this counter and f**k you until you come so hard you see Jesus.”
“I’m Jewish,” she murmurs, swallowing hard.”

I usually don’t read erotic romances with humor because few authors fail to pull it off, but Lili Valente  gets an A+!

If you like the boss-assistant trope wrapped in a sexy and humorous story, Magnificent Bastard should be on your list.

Great read.


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Skipping Christmas by John Grisham

Book Description:

Published: November 6, 2001

Imagine a year without Christmas. No crowded malls, no corny office parties, no fruitcakes, no unwanted presents. That’s just what Luther and Nora Krank have in mind when they decide that, just this once, they’ll skip the holiday altogether. Theirs will be the only house on Hemlock Street without a rooftop Frosty; they won’t be hosting their annual Christmas Eve bash; they aren’t even going to have a tree. They won’t need one, because come December 25 they’re setting sail on a Caribbean cruise. But, as this weary couple is about to discover, skipping Christmas brings enormous consequences–and isn’t half as easy as they’d imagined.

A classic tale for modern times, Skipping Christmas offers a hilarious look at the chaos and frenzy that have become part of our holiday tradition.

Review –


I  listen to this book every year and every year the idea of skipping Christmas sounds better and better.  I’m already to the point of not putting up the Christmas tree every year. It’s just me and my hubby, only one adult children and her husband,  no grand-children, so why go to the trouble, I ask you. Some years I HAVE to have it all, the tree, all the decorations, the music, the cards and of course the baking and other years I don’t care if I do any thing at all.

This year my tree was up before Thanksgiving, Christmas carols playing while I baked Christmas cookies etc.  At times I just sit in the living room and just stare at the tree, looking at all my old ornaments and remembering where they came from or who gave them to me. It’s wonderful and brings me peace.

Back to the book:

I’m sure many of you have seen the movie that is made based on the book, Christmas With The Kranks,but I just saw it for the first time night before last. It was okay, but the book is so much better. Parts of the movie look like slap-stick and other parts are just plain stupid. The book is humorous and the narration is perfect. I love it and that’s why I listen to it every year.



Want it Bad by Melinda DuChamp

Book Description:

Published: December 8, 2014
Carla thought she had it all together.Then Jake moved in next door.

She never expected to fall for someone half her age. Especially Jake, an escort who specialized in very kinky sex.

But Carla was curious. And rich. And when Jake accepts her as a client, they each may have gotten more than they’d bargained for…

Review –
This is the first erotic romance that I found with humor as one of its main components and I love it. It’s too funny how Carla, a partner in a law firm, turns into a peeping tom when a male escort moves in next door. It’s hilarious when she goes to the yarn store and the adult toy store. (you’ll have to read the book to find out how yarn and learning to crochet  has to do with sex). There is even some humor in the HOT sex scenes which makes them less embarrassing (at least for me)
I loved this book and it’s characters.   Great read.

The Next Best Thing by Jennifer Weiner

Book Description

Publication Date: July 3, 2012
Actors aren’t the only ones trying to make it in Hollywood.…At twenty-three, Ruth Saunders left her childhood home in Massachusetts and headed west with her seventy-year-old grandma in tow, hoping to make it as a screenwriter. Six years later, she hits the jackpot when she gets The Call: the sitcom she wrote, The Next Best Thing, has gotten the green light, and Ruthie’s going to be the showrunner. But her dreams of Hollywood happiness are threatened by demanding actors, number-crunching executives, an unrequited crush on her boss, and her grandmother’s impending nuptials.Set against the fascinating backdrop of Los Angeles show business culture, with an insider’s ear for writer’s room showdowns and an eye for bad backstage behavior and set politics, Jennifer Weiner’s new novel is a rollicking ride on the Hollywood roller coaster, a heartfelt story about what it’s like for a young woman to love, and lose, in the land where dreams come true.
Review –Not my cup of tea.  I read it because once I start a book I always finish it but I won’t read another book by this author. Sorry.

Swim by Jennifer Weiner

Editorial Reviews

Product Description

The short story that inspired Jennifer Weiner’s forthcoming novel The Next Best Thing.Ruth has left her job writing for a hit television show for reasons she’d rather not discuss and is supplementing her increasingly dwindling savings with freelance writing projects—namely, helping anxious high school students craft a perfect college essay and lonely souls craft captivating online dating profiles. When she’s not working, she’s swimming—lap after lap at the local indoor pool, in a desperate attempt to wash away the sting of professional failure and heartbreak that she can’t seem to shake. It takes an unexpected client to show her that appearances can be deceiving, and that sometimes the bravest thing you can do is simply dive back in.


Even though this was a short e-story and free I didn’t care for it.  It just wasn’t my cup of tea.