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It’s Monday peeps! How was your weekend?
From friends birthday celebrations to maximum relaxation my weekend was great.

Let’s get on with it! 

Wearing

Russell & Bromley, Boots, Shoes, Fashion, Winter,

These beauties have been on my list for quite some time. If you fancy a pair get them HERE.

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On the odd day that I had off and managed to get around Central I chose to wrap up warm but take my sunnies as there were some stray rays about. Contact lenses at the ready and I was away!

Using

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This product is one of the staples in my collection of cosmetics and cleansers. It is so gentle on the skin and leaves no dryness post application. It has had a little more air time than usual as I have been donning the darker shades of lipstick and need to remove them so I don’t end up with unsightly staining. You can grab a bottle HERE.

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Speaking of the darker shades this beauty is from the NARS Audacious Lip Collection, it was also my first step onto the NARS bandwagon that I am finding increasingly difficult to get off. Their colours are just so gorgeous!

Watched

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Not as funny as the first movie – but that is only my opinion. Still hilarious however!

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After watching the first episode on Sky 1 I am absolutely hooked and find myself linking up to the states just to get my hit every week. Most definitely worth the watch especially if you like superheros! Geeking out over here and having far to many fangirl moments – well more than I would like to admit anyway :)

Reading

Finished

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Yet another triumph from Sylvia Day – check out my review HERE

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A bit of a slow starter – that is all I can say for now.
Look out for the review on Wednesday 3rd December.

Currently Reading

Foxglove Summer, Ben Aaronovitch, Fiction, Books, Reading, London, Rivers of London, The Folly

Ben Aaronovitch’s writing style is truly stellar and the series of books starting with Rivers of London are spectacular.
I was one happy reader when this one was sent through. Check out his books either on Amazon or The Folly.

Over the next couple of weeks I will be busy with events and getting ready for Christmas of course. This year I plan to be a lot more organised than last but who knows what will happen. My book selection might also change (only slightly) to those more on the academic side as I am studying for something important.

What have you been up to this week?

It's Monday but it's ok

Captivated By You Sleepover

Thanks to the lovelies at Penguin and Premier I was given the opportunity to enjoy a night of luxury and pure indulgence at The Ampersand Hotel in South Kensington. From Champagne and Strawberries to a bath filled with sensually fragrant bath salts the mood was set and the time was definitely right to delve into the deep dark lives of Eva & Gideon Cross once again. This event if you have not already figured out was for the launch of Sylvia Day’s next chapter of the Gideon & Eva whirlwind. The hashtag for the night was #CaptivatedByYouSleepover.

Myself and Catherine had a great girly night in whilst reading the awesome book.

 Here are a few pictures to show you how the night went!

FYI: I did not take my big camera with me and there are couple of blurry shots as I had my little camera with no flash - whoops!
Handy blogger tip: TAKE YOUR CAMERA WITH YOU EVERYWHERE AND IF YOU HAVE A COMPACT GET A FLASH!

My review of the book is up now – CHECK IT OUT.

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Beautiful bulbs on show for all to see.

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Check out the awesome room and the bed was oh so comfortable.

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What a lovely bunch of goodies to walk into after a long day at work!

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Reading for a bath with a glass of bubbly and the book.

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Not before a cheesy pic with my bestie (Catherine)

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Despite the blurriness you can still see the crisp, modern bathroom that we had the pleasure of using.
Between the two of us we managed to work the bath taps and run a nice ‘warm’ bath!

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These delightful smelling bath salts were part of the goody bag we had waiting for us on the bed on arrival.
Unfortunately neither of us managed to open them until the next morning when it was too late.
However on arriving home after work the next day they provided me with paramount relaxation.

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All ready to snuggle up and read for the rest of the evening.

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What girls night in at a luxurious hotel would be complete without Room Service and another bottle of bubbly.

Catherine got an awesome picture that really captured the fun we had that night – check it out.

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So as you can see we had an amazing night in thanks to the lovelies at Penguin and Premier. Also great thanks to the staff at The Ampersand Hotel in South Kensington.

Check out my review HERE and you will be able to grab a copy of the book from one of the links.

REVIEW: Captivated By You by Sylvia Day

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The Back of The Book

‘Gideon calls me his angel, but he’s the miracle in my life. My gorgeous, wounded warrior, so determined to slay my demons while refusing to face his own. The vows we’d exchanged should have bound us tighter than blood and flesh. Instead they opened up old wounds, exposed pain and insecurities, and lured bitter enemies out of the shadows.

I felt him slipping from my grasp; my greatest fears becoming my reality; my love tested in ways I wasn’t sure I was strong enough to bear. At the brightest time in our lives, the darkness of his past encroached and threatened everything we’d worked so hard for.

We faced a terrible choice: the familiar safety of the lives we’d had before each other or the fight for a future that suddenly seemed an impossible and hopeless dream . . .’

My Thoughts

Welcome back to the world of Dark & Dangerous. Eva and Gideon’s high-flying life of sexual anticipation and psychological deviation opens up to us sharing the next step of their joint adventure. Sylvia Day really is a master of mass market erotic fiction and this book is most definitely not a deviation from the usual hot and heavy pattern followed in previous books.

If you have yet to pick up a copy of Bared to You then NOW is the time to read it and the others! Gideon and Eva’s salaciously sexual tales are not one for the prudes out there as even I became red-faced whilst listening and reading this part of the series. One of the benefits of listening to parts of this book was the ability to let my imagination run a little further when listening to the rough low tones of the male reading Gideon’s parts of the book.

Every other chapter was read from the point of view of Gideon or Eva, this was a great way to take in the story as it gave more of a well-rounded version of the story. The only downside of listening was whenever the female narration took over and she read the male parts of the chapter her voice was slightly annoying. The way around this was reading the female parts and listening to Gideon’s chapters. Sorted!

Although the storyline seems to jump around a bit the majority is extremely easy to keep up with and not too predictable. Between the pleasure they give each other and the pain they suffer through the consuming love they share this story goes stride in stride with the young troubled couple and introduces you to yet another part of their dynamic lives together. In each book the title does make an appearance and this book really does show just how captivated by each other the young couple are.

This book really shows Gideon opening up and trusting Eva more with his life – past and present. Although he is like a wild bear when losing control with the trust forever growing his control parameters are stretching to include his wife. Gideon’s vulnerability is there for the world to see and he is hanging on by a thread wondering whether his world will come crashing down or get slowly better. With Eva’s past under control Gideon’s starts to rear up and pushes many buttons that always lead to sexual encounters that will make you want to run to the bedroom and well – enough said.

Unlike other mass market erotica despite the use of the word irritating use of the word ‘sex’ in place of vagina or c . . . it is most definitely not overused and put in just at the right time. Whenever sex takes over the current scene of reading the description is ferociously raw but incredibly sincere. So much so when either read or listened senses are heightened.

Overall this is a book that I can see myself reading again in the near future after re-reading the others of course. Most definitely worth the time to read – although be prepared that you will be ignoring your daily life whilst the story takes over as it really will captivate you and keep you in place. It really is a touching story of a couple that would do literally anything for each other and to keep each other.

Go on, you know you want to! 

Get your copies from the links below:

Amazon

Barnes & Noble

Waterstones

Rating

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I started writing this post last week and then the week just took over. As many of you know I am a nurse and I work shifts so things can be a little hectic when it comes to having time to sit down and schedule posts.

This weeks post will be a little different as I will be including bits about what has been happening with me and not just the books I have read etc! I have done this before and really enjoyed writing the posts. Well, here goes!

LIFE

As I mentioned above I have been on night shifts but recently work has been full on as my shifts are a bit all over the place. A couple of months ago I started writing the staff newsletter and really enjoy doing so, this has now become a monthly thing.

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Despite being nagged by everyone and their dog to get the flu jab this year I am yet to do it. This week I got a very bad cold – I don’t think it was flu but it was bad enough to make me want to go and get the jab as feeling like this is one thing and from experience flu is even worse!

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Christmas shopping – yes I said it! Although some may deem it too early I just see it as being organised slightly as I am sure there will be something that I will leave to the last-minute. The shops are already being ransacked for presents that will be presented to our nearest and dearest. Have you started yet?

santa moped!

I have not been to the gym in over 3 weeks and I feel very bad for this. Bad enough to scoff a delicious mince-pie with my coffee – I will get around to going back but I think I should ease myself into it! Some light swimming perhaps!

BEAUTY

Over the past couple of weeks my make up collection has grown significantly. Especially in the NARS department. Their seasonal colours are truly amazing and I can think of no better reason to get glammed up even for a night sipping red wine at your local bar/pub or just a simple shopping trip with a vamped up look.

I have already written a post about one of the colours from the Audacious lipstick range but will be posting the rest of my lovely collection over the next couple of weeks. Today however I wanted to share with you a favourite that seems to be used on a daily basis and may be in need of a refill sooner rather than later!

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Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Bahama – £18

This pencil is an absolute beauty and something that if available I will be making several buys. The colour is incredibly neutral and as it is matte stays on for such a long time that reapplication is few and far between. At £18 it’s not cheap but totally worth it if within your budget.

Books

Currently Reading

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Last week I was sent three books by Sheila Roberts and as agreed I am starting to read The Snow Globe first. There will be a review up on Wednesday 3rd December as I am taking part in the Blog Tour for the book.

Just Received

Foxglove Summer, Ben Aaronovitch, Fiction, Books, Reading, London, Rivers of London, The Folly

I absolutely love Mr A’s style of writing as well as most of the books being based in London (I Heart My City!) they are just such a great adventure. I look forward to getting stuck into this one.

Recently Reviewed

Love Actually, Notting Hill, London, Love, Romance, Chick Lit, Fiction, Reading, Books, Ali Harris, Little Brown Book Group, Sphere, Blog A Book Etc, Fay, From Notting Hill to New York . . . Actually

Check out my review HERE

The Christmas Surprise, Jenny Colgan, Fiction, Books, Reading, Chick Lit, Festive, Christmas, Winter, Little Brown Books UK, Sphere, Blog A Book Etc, Fay

Check out my review HERE

Events

Over the past couple of months I have attended a few events and as this is party season the calendar is filling up pretty fast – not only with work but social and bloggy events. Tonight I will be attending a decadent sleepover in honour of the release of Sylvia Day’s new book. Champagne and Chocolates here I come!

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That’s all for now guys :D