The Makeup of a Confident Woman by Trish McEvoy

The Makeup of a Confident Woman: The Science of Beauty, the Gift of Time, and the Power of Putting Your Best Face ForwardThe Makeup of a Confident Woman: The Science of Beauty, the Gift of Time, and the Power of Putting Your Best Face Forward by Trish McEvoy

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Don’t apologize for the way you look.

This is not just a “how to put on makeup book” (she does do that, but it’s not the entirety of the book), this is a self-care handbook based on makeup. Yep. The first chapter or two is basically “making time for yourself” and “if you look good, you feel good”, which works well with makeup.

After that, Trish gets into her 8 Step System, with 3 Levels of intensity. She explains it all in her book so I won’t get into it too deeply, but Level 1 people are those who wear makeup sometimes, but mostly are indifferent. Level 2 people take some time to put makeup on most days, and Level 3 people should have been makeup artists in another life.

Then she gets into the tutorials, following the steps and going through the levels. There are 5 tutorials, and then a series of how to correct your flaws, plus a section on tools. This book will not turn you into a makeup artist, but it can give you some tips on how to do your own makeup a little better, or give you a new technique to try.

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Dark Wolf by Christine Feehan

Dark Wolf (Dark, #22)Dark Wolf by Christine Feehan
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Another book in the Dark series from Christine Feehan, and yes I’m still going out of order. This one does tie in to several other books, but the one that sticks out for me is Dark Celebration, a book I read several years ago.

This one carries on with one of the couples that were mentioned in that book, Skyler and Dimitri. This series revolves around lifemates, and these two already know they are intended. But, Skyler is human, very young, and with a dark past that haunts her. Dimitri is stuck between two factions, the Lycans and the Carpathians, because he is both. The political atmosphere is murky, and there are traitors in their midst.

Some issues are resolved, and some issues are too big to be resolved in one book. The next book in the series, Dark Blood, seems to continue almost exactly where this one leaves off (she includes an excerpt) and I now want to read that one too!

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A is for Alibi by Sue Grafton

A is for Alibi (Kinsey Millhone, #1)A is for Alibi by Sue Grafton
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I’ve actually read these out of order already. I think I read U is for Undertow(?), because this is my mom’s favorite series. It’s dated in the 1980’s, which she relates to, and I quite like, so there’s none of this new technology, but it’s not so far removed from modern times either.

This is obviously the first book in the alphabet mysteries as they do proceed in order from A to Z, though there is no Z yet. Anyway, introduction over.

This was a good book, I did like reading it. I love crime and mystery novels, and this is a good one, or else there wouldn’t be as many in the series. It ties in a cold case from Kinsey’s past, an innocent person accused of the recent crime, and a nice little plot twist. Very nice. It wasn’t entirely predictable, but Kinsey’s intuitions are pretty spot on. It’ll be fun to see what B brings.

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4th of July by James Patterson

4th of July (Women's Murder Club, #4)4th of July by James Patterson

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

4th of July is the fourth installment in James Patterson’s Women’s Murder Club book series. I have been reading these in order as I can find them.

I was a bit mad after the events of the third book in the series, but this book redeemed those actions somewhat. Lindsey Boxer (heroine) deals with a serial killer as well as the results of a deadly shoot out involving teenagers whose father has some influence. Its a relevant take on some things that have happened recently with the police force and the use of unreasonable force and police brutality.

It also brought a new member to the Women’s Murder Club, which I applaud, but hope it’s not a running theme to continually replace the members of the club (because that would be plot mechanic that would get old really quickly).

At any rate, I liked how the book caught us up on the lives of the characters in this series, it was an easy, enjoyable read.

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Dark Guardian by Christine Feehan

Dark Guardian (Dark, #8)Dark Guardian by Christine Feehan

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Christine Feehan is one of my favorite authors. I’ve read much of her Dark series now and a few books in other series and I’ve enjoyed everyone of them. This one is no different, I can’t say its my favorite of the series but it is very good.

It involves and ‘ancient’ and a small female cop that has danger following her everywhere. In general I dislike the idea that the heroine is “so beautiful and every man in the book wants her”. It gets old for me really quickly. This heroine was more “danger follows her everywhere”, evil humans, evil vampires, and ghouls. It didn’t get old, but by the end of the book it was a little worn out.

However, that did not deter me from reading the whole thing in two days. I wanted to see what happened next, how the plot developed, how the relationship developed, and how it tied into the series’ plot. I will be reading more of these this year, now that I’ve found my local library and they have quite a few of Feehan’s books!

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The Rose-Garden Husband by Margaret Widdemer

The Rose-Garden HusbandThe Rose-Garden Husband by Margaret Widdemer

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This was a book suggested to me by my mom. It’s not often she suggests books for me to read so I went and found it on Amazon (it’s free!).

As she warned me, this is an old fashioned romance ebook, but it’s still very sweet. It involves arranged marriages, the library (!), and, of course, a rose garden. It is very much rated PG13, because it does involve adult kind of things, like death, injury, and some wedding night expectations, but nothing racey, bloody, or violent. It’s also fairly short. I recommend it to everyone interested at all, and since it’s free on Amazon there’s no reason not to.

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Dark Promises by Christine Feehan

Dark Promises (Dark, #25)Dark Promises by Christine Feehan

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Christine Feehan’s works are quickly becoming a new favorite of mine. I’ve read a few sporadically throughout the last couple of years and have come to the conclusion after reading this one that I am not able to put down one of her books once I pick it up.

This one is part of her Carpathian series, or vampires for an easier understanding, but good vampires. Psychic Vampires. It’s a supernatural romance series, and this one involves a very old Carpathian, a very young Carpathian, and the overall plot of Vampire Hunters who don’t have a clue and kill everything.

Once again, I can’t put her books down so I read this within in the span of two days, which could have easily have been one, had I not had to work my day job!

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