Sunday, 22 February 2015

Country vs Country - Weather Wardens

Danielle's back and this time round we're going to be talking about Weather Wardens by Rachel Caine (one of my favourite authors).

Joanne Baldwin is a Weather Warden - a member of a shadowy organisation whose job it is to stand between the murderous intentions of Mother Earth and the rest of us.  She an control the weather, but not her fate: she's on the run from her colleagues, accused of the murder of her boss, and at the mercy of the storms she's trying to defeat.  Add in a whirlwind romance with a rogue rebel Djinn, and the forecast is for trouble ... with a chance for Apocalypse.

DANIELLE: This is a series I'm not sure I like the UK covers better for.  I'll admit I don't love the North American covers either.  I find them cartoon-y.  Maybe not cartoon-y, but they look animated.  I like the simplicity of the UK, but I like that her car is on the cover of the NA.  I think for me, round one goes to NA.
JULIE-ANNE: I agree about the US covers looking cartoon-y and the car being involved. Jo's love of cars is a very big part of the entire series so it makes sense that they appear on the cover.  I do prefer the typeface of the title in the UK ones and I like the colour palette better.  Also a little thing that I like is when book series include the book number somewhere on the cover, it just makes it easier to pick up the right one if you're in a book shop looking for new stuff.  UK for me.

D: This one I don't actually like either cover at all.  The UK cover feels a bit cheesy, but the cartoonishness (yes, cartoonishness!) just really turns me off.  It reminds me of the "Choose Your Own Adventure" books from when I was a kid.  If I have to choose though, I think I'll go with NA here. I think.  Maybe
J: As much as I love the UK covers (they're what made me buy the series, well Ill Wind was), this is my least favourite of the series.  I don't know what it is about it, maybe her top?  Maybe the fact that she looks kinda like she's underwater? Who knows! I think US for this one.

D: Again, I don't love either cover but I do prefer the simplicity of the UK cover, VS the cartoon NA cover.  Though I do enjoy the view of Vegas in the background, I think a real picture of it, with a different main part of the cover would have been better.  I'm really not a fan of having faces on book covers, just because I like to get my own impression of the characters, so the UK cover disappoints me that way.  I will choose it over the NA cover here though.
J: I've always loved this UK cover,  I think its her face.  I like her hair and her make-up.  I agree with Danielle on the background of the US one but overall, I'm not a fan of the cover.  UK for this one.

D: The NA cover on this one reminds me a lot of Kim Harrison's A Fistful Of Charms.  I don't mind it though.  I prefer that the model is facing away.  The UK cover model looks a little more like a young adult to me.  I think if I saw this book on the shelf, and had never heard of the series before, I might have assumed it was a YA book.  I think the NA cover wins here for me though, even with the similarity to AFFOC.
J: I've never been a fan of the whole "looking back over my shoulder" thing on book covers.  I do like the background better in the UK one though.  But I think (just for the stance, and maybe the outfit) I'm going to go with US.

D: These two covers are quite similar.  I prefer the fact that the model's face is obscured in the NA cover, and I also like the fire in the back ground better.  I think this round goes to NA for me as well.
J: Danielle's right in that they are similar enough, at least compared to the other books in the series.  I kind of prefer the background in the UK one but I don't like her face.  I'm going to go with UK for this one.

D: I like the colours and the background picture on the UK cover here.  The forest almost feels a little haunted.  I don't like the wet girl facing the camera though.  I think I pick the NA cover for this round as well.
J: I prefer the woman on the US cover but I prefer the background on the UK.  US just ekes the win for this one.

D: All right.  This is where the UK covers changed.  I like the colours and the font of the UK cover here quite a lot.  I don't like the model's makeup, or again, that she's facing the camera.  The NA cover is really dull though.  But I love the car shot.  This is a tough one for me.  I think I'll go with UK just because I really like the colours and the font.  Though I do like the leaves and the car.  Hmm.  It’s a tie!
J: I hated that the UK covers changed here, it bugs me when my books get messed up and the cover change also meant the last 3 books were really delayed in being released over here.  But I'm not here to bitch about that.  I don't like her expression on the UK cover (although I do like the typeface more) so I'm going to go with US here.

D: More with the new and improved UK covers here.  The colours, the font, the storm in the background - all good.  I also think the models face is obscured enough that I don't mind her facing the camera.  The NA cover models outfit is just ... no.  I don't like it for Jo at all.  I don't like her facing the camera.  I don't like this cover much at all.
J: I like that the US cover has a (hint of a) boat on it and I like her expression.  But I think overall, I like the UK one.

D: I love the font and colours on the UK, again.  I like the cover on the whole, save for the model.  I wish she had hair over her face, or was turned away, or something.  The NA cover is very unattractive though.  The colours okay, though they're honestly a little dull.  The model also looks really young.  Though the UK cover model does as well.  I think this round goes to the UK.
J: They're both orange but I prefer the colouring of the UK one.  I actually prefer the whole UK cover over the US.

DANIELLE: I read this series in its entirety, back to back.  It was highly recommended to me by another friend, as this is one of her all-time favourite series.  I enjoyed them quite a bit, though I never fell in love with them.  If I'm going to read Rachel Caine (and I do, frequently.  She's an excellent story teller) I prefer the Morganville series, as well as her Revivalist series.  I didn't read Outcast, simply because I didn't enjoy the Djinn that series is based on, and I didn't love the WW books enough to continue.  I do recommend the Weather Warden series though.  They're fast paced, the characters are likeable (with the exception of some minors).  I wasn't a super fan of how the series ended.  I’ll leave it at that, as I don’t want to give spoilers.  It wasn't a bad ending, just not the one I would have liked.
JULIE-ANNE: I love this series but I have a confession to make - I haven't finished it yet. And I honestly don't know why because I love Jo and David and all the supporting cast, it's just that I've picked up Cape Storm a couple of times but never seem to get very far before a new book or much anticipated book pulls my attention away. Of the covers, I think UK gets my vote by numbers.

Friday, 13 February 2015

COVER REVEAL - Kiss of Life by Seleste deLaney

I'm excited to be part of the cover reveal for deLaney's second full length Blood Kissed novel, Kiss of Life. You can read what I thought of Kiss of Death here.

Without further ado, here is the cover for Kiss of Life:

The vampire's curse has been awakened, and Jocelyn has no choice but to accept her destiny as the Blood Kissed — the one destined to destroy the vampires ... or rule them. While Max and Chad want to help her reach her full potential, not all of the supernaturals share their plan.

The Council of Elders, a crazed sorcerer assassin, and a vampire hunter out for revenge have driven Jocelyn into hiding. She and her ragtag army have holed up in the forests of Michigan's upper peninsula to get ready for the fight. If training is any indication, they should be ready for war by the time she turns fifty.

But no one is going to let her wait that long. War is nigh, the death toll is rising, and when Michigan’s most famous harbinger of doom shows up on the scene, the army of the Blood Kissed is hoping for a miracle, praying to be graced with a little kiss of life...

The cover keeps in tone with Kiss of Death but it seems a lot lighter, yet reading the story above makes it seem quite dark in nature so I don't know why the cover is so light. It kind of, to me anyway, denotes a light-hearted story.

I'm not a fan of headless naked torsos on covers (sorry, Sel!). I do like the colours in this though, it does stand out from other books in the same genre.

Keep your eye here for an excerpt and guest post from Seleste deLaney as well as my review once I've read it.

Thursday, 12 February 2015

Country vs Country REBOOTED - Demon Trappers

So I thought I'd reboot my country vs country posts but with a difference. I've asked my friend, Danielle, to help me with the post and we're going to discuss each cover for a specific series and decided what we like and/or dislike about each one as well as which covers we prefer.

For our first dual post we're going for the Demon Trappers series by Jana Oliver.

DANIELLE: I honestly prefer the UK covers to the North American ones.  I do like the colours, and the picture itself for the NA cover.
JULIE-ANNE: I've always liked the pattern on the UK cover and I like the flame decal at the bottom. On the US cover, I like the red and I also like that she has a sphere in her hand - I don't like that it looks so obviously photoshopped.
Why the different titles though?

D: Again, here I like the UK better.  It's darker and I like that it has a little tag line on it.  I also like the titles better for the first two.  The NA titles are good, but I think the UK are more effective.
J: I think the US cover has too much empty space on it for my liking.  I like that the UK has an image at the bottom of it as well as the smoke decals, there's a definite theme there.
And again with the different titles.

D: With these two, I prefer the face on the UK, even if it isn't how I pictured Riley, but I prefer the flames on the NA cover.  I wish it was tombstones behind them instead of the city though.
J: Both covers for this book seem to be vaguely similar this time. Like Dani, I prefer the UK cover all over, I feel it the different parts mix better. I do like the US cover but the flames just don't really fit in with the rest of the cover.

D: These two are another set I wish I could combine.  I think I like that “Riley” is facing away better.  I also like the blues.  But, I prefer the landscape in the UK to the boat in the NA.
J: Again they seem to have similar looks. I prefer the colouring in the US cover but I prefer the backdrop image at the bottom of the UK cover as well as the font and layout of the title.

DANIELLE: This is a series I really enjoyed.  I hadn't ever read Jana Oliver before this series, and I was glad I did.  It's upper YA, which I enjoyed.  I read a lot of YA because I love angsty stories, but this series also has enough adult situations to feed my love of romance and sexy scenes too.  Though this series doesn’t have very descriptive sex, it does contain some.  It's a great series.  I highly recommend it.

All in all, I think the UK cover of Forbidden is my favourite of them all.  I like the colours, I like the font, and I like the title.  I think it has a catchier title than “Soul Thief”, and I like the little tagline on it as well.

JULIE-ANNE: Overall I prefer the UK covers and titles to the US, they both follow the same theme from the beginning whereas the US covers change theme halfway through along with the titles which I'd be unhappy with is I had these covers.

I'd like to thank Danielle for helping me on this one and I hope to continue posting these.
I have done a few already and have some lined up as well but please leave any series suggestions in the comments if you'd like to see the differences in the covers for different countries.

Wednesday, 11 February 2015

Shadow Study by Maria V. Snyder

Snyder wowed readers with Poison Study, the unforgettable story of poison taster Yelena. Now she's back with a new tale of intrigue.

Once, only her own life hung in the balance.

Oddly enough, when Yelena was a poison taster, her life was simpler. But she'd survived to become a vital part of the balance of power between rival countries Ixia and Sitia. Now she uses her magic to keep the peace in both lands and protect her relationship with Valek.

Suddenly, though, they are beset on all sides by those vying for power through politics and intrigue. Valek's job - and his life - are in danger. As Yelena tries to uncover the scope of these plots, she faces a new challenge: her magic is blocked. She must keep that a secret - or her enemies will discover just how vulnerable she really is - while searching for who or what is responsible for neutralising her powers.

Yes, the days of tasting poisons were much simpler. And certainly not as dangerous,

Release Date 24th February 2015

It's been a long time since I've read about Yelena and Valek; and Snyder didn't let us fans down with this new book. Technically the start of a new series but also carrying on from the Study series, Valek and Yelena are still juggling their lives in separate countries with their relationship. All seems well until Yelena gets attacked on the way to meet Valek and loses her magic, she has to find out what happened to her magic when something else comes out of the woodwork to keep them both busy.

Anyone that's read either the Study or Glass trilogies will know that Snyder has created a huge world with plenty of interesting characters and even with the long break Valek and Yelena are just as exciting.

The fun thing about this book is that we get to read from Yelena, Valek and Janco's perspective. There's also an intriguing storyline with the Commander that I can't wait to see continued in the next book, and how Yelena and Valek handle the ending should be interesting.

Definitely recommended, especially if you're a fan of Yelena and Valek and I can't wait for the next book to come out.

Book Depository: Shadow Study
Amazon UK: Shadow Study

Friday, 30 January 2015

COVER REVEAL plus GIVEAWAY - Lion's Share by Rachel Vincent

I am delighted to be part of the cover reveal for Lion's Share by Rachel Vincent. I loved the Shifters series and can't wait to read this spin off.

So without futher ado, here be the cover!

Pretty and very different from the Shifters covers, which is obviously good. I can only assume that's Abby and Jace on the cover.


Lion’s Share by Rachel Vincent
(Wildcats #1)
Publication date: February 23rd 2015
Genres: New Adult, Paranormal


Abby Wade has a dangerous secret.

Two months ago, she disobeyed an order, but instead of kicking her out of the Pride, Jace offered her a job. Since then, she's been battling a completely inappropriate crush on the young, hot Alpha. But when accepting his job offer seems like the only way to keep her skeletons safely in their closet, Abby doesn't hesitate.

Jace Hammond has a big problem.

A rogue is slaughtering humans in his territory, and he must eliminate the threat before the entire shifter species is exposed. There could not be a worse time for Abby to accept a job he only offered as a boost to her confidence. Abby is smart, beautiful, and resilient — more than enough to distract any man from the mission. Unfortunately, she may just be the worst enforcer ever to hold the title.

As they hunt the killer, Abby's secret becomes a threat to Jace's authority and to her own life. But the real danger is the grip she has on his twice-shy heart.


Lion's Share was introduced in the short prequel, Hunt. Originally published as part of the Chicks Kick Butt anthology, Hunt is also available to purchase separately on Amazon - Hunt.
Pre-order Lion's Share from Amazon. Unfortunately only the kindle is up for pre-order just now but I'll be keeping an eye out for the paperback.

Rachel Vincent is the author of the Shifters series and the Unbound series for adults, as well as the Soul Screamers series for teens.

Rachel's next young adult book is THE STARS NEVER RISE, coming from Delacorte in June of 2015, and her new series for adults will debut with MENAGERIE, coming from Mira books in the fall of 2015

Rachel Vincent is a former English teacher and an eager champion of the Oxford comma. She shares her home in Oklahoma with two cats, two teenagers, and her husband, who's been her # 1 fan from the start. Rachel is older than she looks and younger than she feels, and she remains convinced that writing about the things that scare her is the cheapest form of therapy--but social media is a close second.

Rachel Vincent's website
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This reveal was organised by Xpresso Book Tours

Wednesday, 28 January 2015


Being Alpha of the North American Pack is like being a small-town sheriff — nobody wants the job, but someone's gotta do it.

For the most part, Elena Michaels likes it just fine, even if it means dealing with arrogant misogynists in the werewolf world who are convinced that a woman isn't up to the job.

That she could handle. What she never expected was a deadly threat to her eight-year-old twins. That her little girl could go missing in the night.

The enemy thought he was dealing with a hysterical mother.

Mother, yes. Hysterical, no.

Elena was Alpha for a reason. And nothing would stop her from getting her child back.

Elena is missing the start of her annual family holiday because she's in London trying to make a misogynistic Pack leader see sense. When she gets home, it's to a missing daughter and the possibility of a major Pack threat being back.

Now, a review of a Kelley Armstrong book is always going to be glowing from me because I love the woman and all the words that come from her fingertips. Forsaken is no different.

It's set after all the other Otherworld books (latest in series), I think Goodreads has it listed as 13.4. Since we're not getting full length novels any more, the Sub Press novellas are the only way to get my Otherworld fix (well, besides re-reading the series but in this case I mean a new fix). As I've stated in the title, so much has happened in the series that even a blurb isn't spoiler free anymore.

Elena is having to prove herself as Alpha to all other Alphas since they think it's just a ploy and either she and Clay are co-Alphas or Clay is the real Alpha and they're just using her as a figurehead to prove something. I'm loving the different side of Clay and Elena as parents that we're getting in these novellas. I'm also loving seeing Logan and Kate grow up, they're both so different but so like their parents.

As sad as I am about the Otherworld hiatus, I'm so grateful for these novellas being released because I like seeing my favourite characters age and grow up and mature in their own way.

What I don't love is that this ended in such a way that I'm now impatiently waiting for the announcement of the next novella to see what happens. Armstrong writes such exciting stories that you just want to stay in her world all the time. If I didn't need to sleep, work and eat I'd happily just read her world constantly.

Her work also has the added bonus of pulling me out a reading funk and making me want to dive into books again. Although it's her books I want to read right now and not the huge pile of TBRs I have to tackle.

Amazon UK: Forsaken
Subterranean Press: Forsaken

Saturday, 24 January 2015

20 Questions

So I was nominated by the ladies over at Bea's Book Nook to answer 20 questions.
These questions are all inane and nonsensical and will allow you to find out very little information about me. So let's plow on!

1. How tall are you?
Umm, about 5' 4" -ish?

2. Do you have a hidden talent? If so, what?
If I do, it's hidden even to me! Lol

3. What is your biggest blog-related pet peeve?
I'm going to agree with the BBN ladies and say Rafflecopters that have a ton of work attached to them. Too many things to do makes me click away.

4. What is your biggest non-related pet peeve?
People that can't use indicators whilst driving! All cars come with them and they're attached right at the steering wheel!! No excuse but laziness.

5. What's your favourite song?
I don't have favourite songs but right now I'm loving The Devil In I by Slipknot

6. What's your favourite Etsy shop?
I kind of know what Etsy is (sort of ebay-ish but all made stuff, right?) but I've never used it

7. What's your favourite way to spend your free time when you're alone?
Netflix, YouTube, reading - any of these choices

8. What's your favourite junk food?
Ooooh, that's a toughie. I have a huge sweet tooth so generally anything chocolately will make me happy.

9. Do you have pets?
Yes. One collie/whippet called Tasia. One collie/who-knows called Taco. And one domestic long haired cat called Tinkerballa (Tink for short).

10. What are your favourite fiction and non-fiction books?
Fiction - Probably Bitten by Kelley Armstrong. Non-fiction - I'm not a huge non-fiction reader so I don't really have a favourite.

11. What's your favourite beauty product?
I don't use anything beauty product wise. Oooh, does toothpaste count??

12. When were you last embarrassed?
Last week. I was involved in a multi-car accident on some black ice and managed to stop unscathed and with minimal damage to my car but as I was exiting my car (with everyone else involved now staring at me), I instantly slid on ice and decked it.

13. If you could drink one beverage for the rest of your life, what would it be?

14. What's your favourite movie?
Another toughie. I watch a lot of movies and have lots that I adore so I'd find it difficult to pick just one favourite.

15. What were you in high school? Prom queen, nerd, cheerleader, jock, valedictorian, band geek, loner, artist, etc?
I have no idea, lol. My friends and I were the goth/skater/mosher crowd.

16. If you could live anywhere in the world, where would you live?
I'd probably say Canada so I could be near my friends.

17. PC or Mac?

18. Last romantic gesture from a crush, date, boyfriend/girlfriend?
Hmmm, neither me or my husband are big on romantic gestures but the last thing he did that made me go "aaw" was when he came home with a huge box of my favourite chocolates for me. I didn't buy them for myself 'cos they cost more than I'm usually willing to spend on chocolates. He does plenty of little things for me but I don't think they'd be considered romantic.

19. Favourite celeb?
I love Chris Pratt and Anna Faris. They seem like such a down to earth couple and aren't in the news all the time so obviously don't go out of their way to go to every event or at least don't go out of their way to be photographed at every event.

20. Which blogger do you secretly want to be best friends with?
And this is where I tell you that I don't know any blogger apart from the 3 ladies of Bea's Book Nook and of course I'd love to meet all 3 of them (technically I've already met Steph but it was so long ago now it should be repeated).

I'm supposed to nominate people but, like I stated above, I don't really know other bloggers so if you're reading this and have a blog feel free to keep it going.

Wednesday, 14 January 2015

Wolves' Bane Review and Blog Tour Giveaway

Every day is Halloween for author Angela Addams. Enthralled by the paranormal at an early age, Angela spends most of her time thinking up new story ideas that involve supernatural creatures in everyday situations. She believes that the written word is an amazing tool for crafting the most erotic of scenarios.
She is an avid tattoo collector, a total book hoarder and loves anything covered in chocolate…except for bugs.

She lives in Ontario, Canada in an old, creaky house, with her husband and children.

Website: Angela Addams
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Her destiny is etched in his skin ... and carved in her heart.

Order of the Wolf, Book 3

Morgan Stills is a woman without a future. At least, that's what the carnival psychic tells her. Love is foretold as well, but too bad. She's already been marked for death.

She no sooner flees the psychic's tent when she's confronted by the biggest wolf she's ever seen. A wolf that talks to her — right before she's enveloped in a black cloak and dragged away.

Caleb was born for one purpose: follow the burning of his tattoo to find and protect his destined mate, the Huntress. When he rescues her from Lazarus, the king of beasts, what thanks does he get? A swift kick in his tender parts that leaves him writhing in a ball of pain.

Morgan quickly realises her destiny lies with the Order of the Wolf. The only catch — she must choose between two sworn enemies who vie for her body, heart, and soul. Marked as a Huntress, thrust into an ancient feud between werewolf and Hunter, she must pick up a sword or die. And somehow learn to live without the man she is destined to kill.


This is the 3rd book in The Order Of The Wolf series following Cursed and Wolf Slayer, this one is different in that it doesn't follow the band like the first two, it follows what we've come to think of as the bad guys.

The Order of the Wolf are a group with the sole purpose of hunting and killing werewolves, to do so they need to find their huntresses - the only living being with the magic and power to actually kill a werewolf. Each huntress is destined for a wolf and a hunter mate, who she chooses decided her life. So far we've only met huntresses that choose their wolves, Morgan is the first one that sways to the side of the Order.

It was weird reading from the Order side of things because with the first two books, we've had the werewolves as the heroes therefore we've seen them as the good guys and the Order as the bad guys but this shows us the other side of the story since the werewolf in this one is an actual monster.

Addams creates great worlds and characters in her stories and this one is no different. The chemistry between Caleb and Morgan is instant and undeniable although they both try to fight it at first - Morgan because she doesn't want to believe that she can fall so hard for someone this quickly and Caleb because he doesn't want to love Morgan just to lose her to her wolf mate.

She's slowly creating a back story that still has lots of growing to do and therefore plenty of space for more stories - so yay for us readers. I'm enjoying this series so far and will continue to read it as long as Addams keeps writing it.

Amazon UK: Wolves' Bane Wolves Bane
Book Depository: Wolves' Bane
Samhain: Wolves' Bane
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Think you want to be a Veterinary Nurse?

I qualified as a Veterinary Nurse in October 2005 after training for 2 and a half years. It was so rewarding to discover I'd passed all my exams and that I could finally call myself a Vet Nurse. What I learned in theory is not always what happens in practice, there are things I learned that I quickly forgot because you just don't use it in practice.

One thing I was never informed of was the low points in nursing - and by this I don't mean the sad parts or the bad parts. Some people think Vet Nurses get to cuddle pets all day - that is NOT true at all. I mean, there are times in first opinion practice where you see puppies and kittens coming for vaccines and you play with them and hold them to get it in their head that the surgery isn't a bad place. But the majority of the time, it's cleaning - be it animals, theatre, yourself or kennels - Vet Nursing involves a lot of cleaning.

Below I will list what I've personally done in my nursing career, if you are considering being a Vet Nurse and think you'd be okay with the same situations then I'd highly recommend visiting the appropriate places and looking into it more.

  • At just after midnight one night, I found myself sitting on the floor with a puppy that had eaten a mince pie.  We had just induced emesis and my job was to comfort the poor pup while vomiting (and aim it to the pads rather than on the floor) but also to sift through the vomit and make sure the offending toxin (in this case currants and raisins) had indeed been brought up.  This situation occurred just before my lunch break   YUM!
  • At 4am, we discovered a small brown stain in a kennel.  The patient in that kennel was in for vomiting and regurgitation so we had to monitor all episodes of such.  We did not see the stain happening therefore were unsure what it was.  So the only thing to do was get down on my hands and knees and sniff to determine what orifice it came from.
  • I've had to bathe bums at numerous points throughout the night if they have diarrhoea.  Not a nice job at any point in the day but when it happens at 2am or 4am, it just seems worse somehow.
  • Having a serious discussion with workmates as to what score a patients faeces are.  We score them from 1-7, this helps to see if they are indeed getting better.  Sometimes it doesn't always fit a score option so we use other words to discuss viscosity and texture.  After working with animals for a while, you will come to look at foodstuffs a lot differently - korma consistency is often used.
  • I've been licked in the mouth too many times to count.  It's usually a ninja attack that I wasn't expecting but it's always worse when they animal is in with vomiting or diarrhoea.
  • I have been covered in every bodily fluid you can think of.  This leads to many mid shift uniform changes.
  • Lastly, I've been there for a lot of last visits.  Euthanasia is a daily part of being a Vet Nurse, the majority are pets that have been well loved and the owners have made the decision to end the suffering.  Some are cruelty cases, some are due to the owner not having any money or insurance, even sadder are the ones that are due to the owner just not wanting or having time for their pet anymore.  Euthanasia happens and it can be upsetting so if you really don't think you can handle it, Vet Nursing probably isn't the right choice for you.
As a note on that last point, I've been there for many an animal in its last moments.  Sometimes it's just me and a Vet because the owner can't face seeing their pet be put to sleep.  I personally feel that the last loving act you can do for your pet is to be there in their last moments.  It can be stressful and sad, I understand that having been through it with my own pets, but think of it from your pets point of view.  Their last moments shouldn't have to be with strangers that they don't know.
My dog Tasia has been there for me her entire life.  She loves me unconditionally, she's been my friend and companion.  She's happy as long as she gets fed, walked and loved.  When it finally comes time to put her to sleep, I will be there with her and for her to comfort her as best I can until she falls asleep.  I feel it's the least I can do for her.

So it's not all playing with puppies and hugging kittens.  There's things in that list that I'd never thought I'd be doing at 4 in the morning.

But there's also the good parts:
  • Seeing an animal go home that was on death's door when it first came in.
  • Helping resuscitate puppies or kittens during a caesarean.
  • That moment when an anorexic animal finally starts to eat on its own for you.
  • The moment a non-ambulatory dog walks out with its owner.
So it's not all sad and disgusting but it's also not all happiness and love.  I took a break from nursing a few years ago and getting back into it is the best choice I've ever made.  I don't really know what else I'd do with my life, to be honest.

Tuesday, 2 December 2014

Mistaken by Fate by Katee Robert

The man she should want, or the man she craves...
Fashion designer Ridley Ethridge thinks she's found the perfect, stable sort of guy in her childhood friend Will Reaver. With seduction in her sights, she arranges to rock Will's world at an exclusive club that caters to those with adventurous and erotic appetites. What happens next is both intense and satisfying — until Ridley's blindfold comes off to reveal Will's twin brother. The same twin who broke her heart eight years ago.
Former soldier Garrett Reaver hasn't ever gotten Ridley out of his system. And now that she's before him in all her submissive glory? He'll be damned before he lets someone else have her, especially his brother. Because Garrett and Ridley have some seriously unfinished business to take care of, and it starts now. And this time, he'll show Ridley how exquisite a relationship with him could be ... if their past doesn't catch up to them first.

Ridley wants Will, in part because he's the polar opposite of Garrett, so she plans to surprise him at Serve but she surprises herself and Garrett instead. Garrett is determined to win her over and spend more time with her, while Ridley is determined to have nothing to do with him but she can't deny the attraction. Can they have a happier ending than the first time round?

Another sexy addition to the Serve series and the first from Katee Robert - and what a start to the series from her. Although it would be hard to beat Oliver (from the Exposed by Fate) as my favourite {Sorry, Katee}, Garrett is definitely a close contender - although I'm looking forward to getting to know Will better in the next book. Ridley and Garrett have amazing chemistry and were clearly meant to be together, despite the bumpy start they had.

I love Robert's writing and this book is no different. I've been in a bit of a reading funk lately and authors like Katee Robert are what pulls me out of it.

I'm really liking the influx of BDSM books at the moment, and this series is a great addition. I recommend the series, starting with the first two, Owned by Fate and Exposed by Fate.

Amazon UK: Mistaken by Fate