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5 out of 5

Naked Sushi

Naked Sushi
by Jina Bacarr
published by Cosmo Red Hot Reads from Harlequin
release date: October 15, 2013
provided by NetGalley

Naked Sushi is a seriously delicious read! It focuses on Pepper O’Malley. She’s a heroine worth rooting for, a somewhat insecure computer programmer, who sounds adorably quirky. Unfortunately she hasn’t been getting lucky IRL lately. So one night her flirting gets out of hand when a hot guy seems to be coming onto her in the copy room. It turns out that the boring company that she works for isn’t quite so boring. It also turns out that the man in the copy room is a FBI agent trying to collect incriminating evidence on her boss. Pepper gets canned.

After trying to get any job possible but being blacklisted, Pepper teams up with Steve the FBI agent in a bid to get her good name back and maybe score with him, yet again! Pepper really gets into her role since she actually wanted to join the FBI the past but let her insecurities over her background get in the way.

Spy romances aren’t always up my alley. Sometimes they get too bogged down in the details of the case and lose focus on the romance at hand. Not this time. In addition to romance we also get a fun best friend who helps Pepper into and out of trouble.

naked sushi

The title, Naked Sushi, refers to a particular scene involving a naked sushi model. You know those women you can eat sushi off of at very fancy restaurants? Think Samantha in the first Sex and the City flick.

If you like unique characters, a hint of danger and hot sex then Naked Sushi is for you. This is a novella, but at 90 pages, I didn’t feel cheated out of a story. I just felt like it was super fast, super fun read. You can read it twice if you are so inclined, I did!

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4 out of 5

johnny cash the life

Johnny Cash
The Life
by Robert Hilburn
published by: Little, Brown and Company
released on: 10/29/2013
provided by: NetGalley

This is an incredibly in depth, well researched biography of Johnny Cash. Instead of just inferring events as some biographers do, Robert Hilburn has went out of his way to exhaustively research Cash’s life. My qualms with this book are few and are massively outweighed by the knowledge I gleamed from it on JR. In case you are wondering though, they are as follows: it’s hefty at 688 pages but in truth I relished in reading this book for an extended period of time, it can be slightly dry at times due to the author’s thoroughness (but as I said, I appreciate that) and sometimes when events are laid out Cash is presented in a more favorable light than what is listed to have actually happened. I totally understand this though as it’s a book about him and you’re most likely reading it because you are a fan of Cash. As you can see, these are barely quibbles, as they make sense and are helpful at times.

Despite watching Walk the Line a few times, listening to a variety of Cash albums and seeing some of his specials I realized quite quickly into this book that I actually knew very little about the Man in Black.

It turns out that Cash himself did release a couple of autobiographies during his lifetime but he was a known exaggerator. The author was able to use his autobiographies, family autobiographies, actual interviews with Cash and a myriad of news clippings on him to give us a well rounded look at Cash’s life.

From his youth, to his time in the service, his first marriage and then his later marriage to the beautiful June Carter Cash we definitely get to learn about his personal life. The scandalous tales of drugs and car wrecks are also included.

What I highly appreciated though is the information regarding how Cash crafted his songs. I can write a lot of things but lyrics are not one of them. It was so interesting to delve into his process. From his early acclaimed work, through some experimental tunes to his later revival, info on all of it is right here, in one book! Cash has been gone for a while now so the end of the book focuses on how he balanced a myriad of health problems with his work. It is tear jerking. I literally cried several times and I’m no softy.

The author is even completely honest in his opinion on Cash’s work. In the index he gives you a list of his recommended Johnny Cash albums. I found this incredibly helpful while looking for more Cash to listen to.

While casual Cash fans may not be able to get through such a lengthy book this is ideal for those of use who have admired his work for years. It would also make a great gift for any friend or family member who is into both Cash and literature. Snag this masterpiece today!

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4 out of 5

The Nintey Days of Genevieve

The Ninety Days of Genevieve
by Lucinda Carrington
published by Harlequin (Harlequin MIRA)
release date: (of the Kindle version): 4/01/2013, of the original: 1996
provided by: NetGalley

The Ninety Days of Genevieve is not for everyone. Firstly, it’s definitely erotica, not just a sexy romance. When I was younger it would have been too much for me. At this stage in my life though, I’m all for well written erotica. It also seems slightly dated in places. This is because it was originally released in 1996. That’s perfectly fine. I just like to be aware of things like that. Lastly, it starts out with a bit of a sexual harassment style narrative.

If you can make it through the first chapter the original set up works well with the story and most likely won’t be too bothersome. The story focuses on business woman, Genevieve. When she meets the sexy Mr. Sinclair they enter into an unusual agreement. She will get his account if she agrees to fulfill his sexual proclivities for 90 days. At first Genevieve is hesitant in some of the more unusual sexual situations. She does acquiesce to his demands though due to a combo of wanting to move up in the world and her attraction to him. As their time together progresses though she feels herself opening up sexually.

There are some standard romance tropes here, such as another woman who may or may not be competing for Sinclair’s attentions (and account) and the ambivalence that both main characters feel due to their situation and growing feels for each other.

What I particularly enjoyed were the sexual situations that pushed both Genevieve and myself out of our comfort zones. Some of the scenarios that the reader gets to vicariously experience are: sex in public, antique sexual contraptions, bisexuality, BDSM, performing (in multiple ways) in front of others and more. Both characters are interesting and depicted as attractive. I also feel that we get to see the growth of Genevieve within this story.

I highly recommend this book. It’s a must read if you enjoy boundary pushing erotica. At 274 pages, this book is an ideal length. It gets the story told and doesn’t leave you hanging. Once you are into into, it’s amazingly easy to tear through in a short period of time.

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