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5 out of 5

Vanilla by Megan Hart

Vanilla
by Megan Hart
published by Harlequin
release date: March 1, 2015
provided by NetGalley

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When I saw that there was a new Megan Hart novel coming out, I jumped on it. She never disappoints when it comes to romance, heartbreak and realism.

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Her new book Vanilla is about Elise. Our heroine is good with numbers in her professional life and good with giving commands in her personal life. What’s great about Elise is that she isn’t a stereotype. Yes, she might like a guy to crawl at her feet sometimes but it’s not the only thing that gets her off. Elise enjoys getting kinky but she’s also not adverse to being treated softly at times.

Elise is a fully formed character. It’s not like she only focuses on her sex and/or love life. Yes, one of her hobbies is modeling for pin up photos. However she’s also a very attentive aunt. So yes, we do get to find out about her familial life and even her friendships.

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You may be wondering about the sex. Yes, there are some delicious sex scenes. When I read actual “vanilla” romances I have to settle for a little biting or scratching here and there. There is some actual bdsm in these pages. There are also some more conventional, yet awesome sex scenes as well. It’s pretty multifaceted as Elise doesn’t just have one lover during the course of the book. I am going to say that as much as I loved the book, I’m not into pegging. I didn’t skip it because it’s important to the story, so I recommend reading that section even if it doesn’t do anything for you personally.

It’s interesting to see her move through her romantic liaisons and to see how different all of them are. There’s the guy she just can’t get over. I think many of us have been there. I had the person I bothered for way too long after things were obviously over. There’s the guy that she’s tries not to give her heart to, but of course that’s difficult when sex and affection are involved. Then there’s the “vanilla” guy, the one who is potentially the whole package. But, ya know, relationships aren’t just easy.

Speaking of which, this book is definitely not an easy read, which I’m used to from Hart. I did have to stop sometimes because I’d be so reminded of something that had actually happened to me that I had to wipe my eyes (yes, I cried) and regroup.

I most definitely recommend buying this book if you think you’d enjoy reading about a strong, yet human female protagonist who lives life on her own terms.

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via Megan Hart's Facebook

via Megan Hart’s Facebook

more Megan Hart:
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A pretty long excerpt from Harlequin is available here

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I extended my college program into the photopass role. I recorded this a couple of weeks ago. I was (am?) so excited. What is photopass (dpi)? Watch the video y’all. This is what I “knew” prior to starting any of the training. I was talking about getting through everything because I was ending my first program. You go directly from one to the other.

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photo by Scott Smith (SRisonS)

Some official videos from Disney, of course!

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So basically New Year’s Eve always sucks. However, eventually, after this video, I called people who actually care about me. Sometimes you gotta hit up your town back home to find those who care. I mean, as much as I want to make friends here, it’s not like I’m going to know them forever anyway, so I guess it’s not that big of a deal.

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My favorite tracks of 2014. Yes, it’s radio heavy top 10 stuff. No, I don’t care.

missemmamm’s top tracks of 2014 from Emma_moon on 8tracks Radio.

Habits (Stay High)-Tove Lo
Shake It Off-Taylor Swift (cover)
Partition-Beyonce
Problem-Ariana Grande
Animals-Maroon 5
Bang Bang-Jessie J featuring Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj
Royals-Lorde
Take Me to Church-Hozier
Let Her Go-Passenger (remix)
Talk Dirty-Jason DeRulo
Fooled Around and Fell in Love-Elvin Bishop
All About That Bass-Meghan Trainor
Happy-Pharrell Williams
Come With Me Now-Kongos

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Illuminations at Epcot

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visiting our caseline as a guest during Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party

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a truly magical moment, when Jack Skellington dropped in (yes, that’s my “costume”)

some work costumes  "You're all over the backlot"-a friend

some work costumes
“You’re all over the backlot”-a friend

Watch on to find out more about my personal experience as a cast member in merchandise at Walt Disney World.

I believe that the only thing that I forgot to mention (well briefly alluded to) in the video is merchantainment. Merchantainment means entertaining guests. You can do this while working the many functions of your role. I have gotten to do it much more so while I was in greeter role at my store, which I haven’t been doing as much lately.

While merchantaining you can generally chat with the guests, give out stickers or buttons or even play games with them. I’ve even asked children for their autographs “because Mickey asked me to do so”. Another small touch is asking for a guest’s “autograph” instead of their signature when they have to sign for a purchase. Those are the kind of small, yet fun personal touches that add to a guest’s experience. I’m pretty burnt out right now and forgot to mention them in the video. They are definitely worth knowing about though. I may do another video strictly about merchantaining in the future.

from the official DisneyCPInterns channel

I haven’t worked World of Disney yet (due to the construction/traffic/parking issues currently happening in Downtown Disney, aka the soon to be Disney Springs). I do plan to one day though. I have worked the Emporium (the biggest store in Magic Kingdom).

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