Sunday, February 17, 2013

The Love of My (Other) Life by Traci L. Slatton

I really like the idea that in an infinite number of universes my life could be filled with: art forgery, leaked sex tapes, and elder care.  That being said, I approached "The Love of My (Other) Life" like I approach most trashy books--filled with undying hope for a quick read with a potential quirk or two.  Once again I was full-filled.

As we so often see, Tessa Barnum's life is a train wreck.  The book opens with her fleeing from her co-op's manager's repeated demands to pay her overdue bills (3 years overdue).  She runs into the loving arms of Dr. Brian Tennyson (no not that kind of doctor, he's physicist) who she has never met, or has she....

She spends 98% of the book in denial of his insistence of multiple universes, and that in his universe they are married, and happy, and she is not art forger with a heart of gold.

This book  was not nearly trashy enough for my taste, but I kept reading, because I am just like that. I did enjoy the nerdy science jokes, and like having to google "decoherence  theory" (  This author even managed to meld science and religious theologies for bit.

Gem I gleaned:
All we need to do is stand still and let our universe take its course.

Yeah, I could do that for bit.

Sunday, February 3, 2013

Paradise Hops by Liz Crowe

Lorelei (Lori) Brochton is a hot mess.  Strong-willed, German speaking heir to her family's brewing company---and dealing with the aftermath of brutal sexual assault.  She has survived long enough, but is not ready to live again (and by live I mean have mind blowing sex) until she meets him, and him.

Enter Garrett Hunter, the king of high perfectionism.  His calamitous youth burgeoned a man of control, organization and destiny.  He falls head over heals for Lori, instantly.

Then there's Eli Buchanan, rogue brew master.  He breaks hearts and lives everywhere he goes, and he's got tattoos.  Yeah, he wants Lori, but it's not about love, or is it...

The stage is set for a drama filled romance filled with Lori's ennui. She gets her life back, but is torn between her own perception of being controlled by Garrett, and her ultimate desire to control the actions of Eli.  Stuck in the middle.  No Spoilers, but this book left the formula a few times which kept me reading (but honestly, I would've finished it anyway because I am just like that).  Ultimately, in everything we do, read, hear or say there is a message that is greater than what we would expect.  The message I got was:

Maybe things were supposed to be one way, but right now they are not, so deal.