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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.

(Note: This is an affiliate link.) You can purchase The Ninety Days of Genevieve here from Amazon.

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3 out of 5

Note: This a review of the deluxe version. Some of these tracks are not included on the standard album. If you will be buying it I recommend spending the couple of extra bucks but hey, I am a completest.

britney jean cover

TRACKS
1. Alien
2. Work Bitch
3. Perfume
4. It Should Be Easy (featuring will.i.am)
5. Tik Tik Boom (featuring T.I.)
6. Body Ache
7. Til It’s Gone
8. Passenger
9. Chillin’ with You (featuring Jamie Lynn)
10. Don’t Cry
(deluxe tracks are as follows)
11. Brightest Morning Star
12. Hold on Tight
13. Now That I Found You
14. Perfume (The Dreaming Mix)

Work Bitch 1

Work Bitch 2

Britney Jean is the 8th original album (not including the best of or compilation discs) from Britney Spears. I went into this baby with high hopes. After all, the first single is Work Bitch. That song is just fuckin’ fun. Fun to listen to and dance to, whether it be at home or in the club. Unfortunately I feel as though the album itself it’s a let down. At first I thought I was being too hard on it. Then I took a trip through many of her videos on Vimeo and realized how amazing even some of her lesser tracks from other albums are in comparison to those on “Britney Jean”.

I became a casual fan of Brit with her first single “Baby One More Time” all the way back in ’99. I own all of her albums so, yes I did eventually become an avid fan. Her first two were a bit sappy for me. I think my real obsession began when “I’m a Slave 4 U” came out in ’01 on her third album “Britney”. Even though I still don’t rank “Britney” up there with her best albums it got her going in more interesting directions. Her next album, “In The Zone”, was on repeat for me once I got it. Since then I’ve felt just as strongly about every album of hers: “Blackout” (my absolute favorite), “Circus” and “Femme Fatale” (well almost as strongly about this one).

britney spears bw

Don’t get me wrong, “Britney Jean” isn’t bad. It’s just not amazing, which is what I’ve come to expect. As a Spears addict any new songs from her are greatly appreciated. I remember when she scrapped an album a few years back and there was a Brit drought. Yes, I heard the bootlegs (some were surprisingly good). Back when that happened though it certainly made sense for her not to release her best work. I’m not sure if someone is editing her as well as they should be at this point.

If you don’t have to have everything by Brit then I truly believe that you need only buy the singles “Work Bitch” and “Perfume” from this album. “Work Bitch” isn’t deep but it’s a necessity.

perfume video still

“Perfume” on the other hand is so freakin moving. I mean it’s about not feeling secure in a relationship. Basically she feels like her boyfriend is still seeing his ex. You also just get that overall sense of anxiety that comes with many relationships, “I wait for you to call, I try to act natural”, this could describe so many calls I’ve waited for.

There are some other songs that are enjoyable if you don’t put too much pressure on them. “Alien” and “Now That I Found You” are sweet. “Alien” is also very catchy. “Tik Tik Boom” is hot. “Body Ache” is a good dance tune.

“Chillin With You” is a decent, easy going tune. The lyrics (ex. “I drank some red wine and now I’m walking on the sky”) combined with the fact that her sister guests on the song reminds me of my sister and puts me in a good mood.

“It Should Be Easy” is one you may catch yourself singing along too but it’s really not that great and wreaks of too much auto tune. “Til It’s Gone” has an angry vibe and also falls into the just okay category.

I honestly have nothing to say about the other four tracks (“Passenger”, “Don’t Cry”, “Brightest Morning Star” and “Hold On Tight”), as they are that bland and forgettable. Hmm, maybe that’s why two of them are only bonus tracks.

Do you want this album? That’s up to you, considering how much of a fan you are. Do you need it? Probably not.

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Olivia Wilde at the Drinking Buddies premiere

If it weren’t for social media I’d have no idea that Drinking Buddies existed. This is one of those times I’d be totally okay with that. This seems to stem mainly from the perceived attractiveness of the lead, Olivia Wilde. Wilde’s a decent actress but I guess she’s just not my type.

I believe the first time I heard about the film was in the fall when a writer on XOJane blogged about how the eating habits of Wilde’s character in the film are completely unrealistic. Ya know, that whole men want women who eat like men but look tiny thing. It was an interesting post but I then forgot about it.

In the following months I’ve seen tweets from various movie reviewers espousing the virtues of the film, including how hot Wilde is and that she gives a great performance. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve watched many a film for the hot actor (or actress) in the starring role, so that’s not an insult, just an observation.

What all of this leads up to is that despite not knowing much about the film I ended up watching it within one day of finding out that it was on Netflix Streaming. I had to know what the fuss was about. Well, for me, not much.

Olive Wilde and Jake Johnson in Drinking Buddies

The movie focuses on a pair of best friends played by Wilde and Jake Johnson. They both work at a beer bottling plant. He has a blue collar job while she seems to be an event planner of sorts. They are the type of friends who hang out incessantly. It even seems to outsiders at times that they are a couple. You yourself will wonder why they aren’t.

Drinking Buddies

Well it turns out that both of them are already dating other (hot) people, Ron Livingston and Anna Kendrick. Neither seems particularly suited for their counterparts, but Livingston in particular. Being that they are so close, Wilde and Johnson arrange a couples’ weekend away. This is when it really becomes evident that things aren’t going smoothly in their relationships.

There are funny moments and sweet moments but they don’t add up to much for me. It’s a good cast. The hugely funny Jason Sudeikis even has a supporting role (though he’s underused in this flick). The cast is not the problem for me. They seem suited to their roles. Anna Kendrick does great at playing a bit of an introspective girl, which is quite a turn around from how I saw her in Rapture-Palooza. She definitely has range.

Anna Kendrick and Ron Livingston in Drinking Buddies

Some things about the film are very real, which I appreciate. Yes, there’s a friend zone element and a “don’t slut shame me” speech (I do appreciate the latter). Oh and there’s a shit ton of drinking. They work in a beer plant, they drink there, they drink at bars, they drink in the woods, they drink at home, basically, they rarely stop drinking. This does seem plausible in their world.

Olivia Wilde and Jake Johnson in Drinking Buddies

The fact that the actors seem so real in their roles is what leads me to say you may want to give it one viewing if you are a big fan of any of the leads. Otherwise I’d skip it. It’s meandering and at only an hour and a half, almost boring. I must say that I did enjoy the soundtrack though.

All in all, cast and crew, I am not impressed with your lackadaisical movie.

You can watch Drinking Buddies on Netflix Instant Streaming or rent it from Amazon (this is an affiliate link so if you make a purchase through it a small commission may be generated for this site).

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***1/2

Could this be any more A Clockwork Orange, luv!

Could this be any more A Clockwork Orange, luv!

TRACKS
1. Aura
2. Venus
3. G.U.Y.
4. Sexxx Dreams
5. Jewels N’ Drugs (featuring T.I., Too $hort, Twista)
6. Manicure
7. Do What U Want (featuring R. Kelly)
8. Artpop
9. Swine
10. Donatella
11. Fashion!
12. Mary Jane Holland
13. Dope
14. Gypsy
15. Applause

Artpop is the fourth album from Lady Gaga. After listening (and enjoying it) many times over, I can say with certainty that it’s not my favorite album from her. That honor is still going to Born This Way. I definitely over listened to it in 2011 but with good reason. Despite it’s odd mix of complete oddities and radio friendly track, it was cohesive. This one? Not so much.

gaga blue

THE GOOD
On to this actual album. It’s mainly danceable pop music, as one would expect. The stand outs are G.U.Y., Sexxx Dreams, Swine, Donatella and Applause. G.U.Y. and Sexxx Dreams are knock you over the head with sex songs, which I adore. G.U.Y. actually stands for Girl Under You and includes lines such as “I’ll lay down, face up this down time”. Sexxx Dreams is quite simply about sex dreams or wet dreams, whatever nomenclature you prefer. Swine is also sexual but it seems to be, almost teasingly, criticizing both someone who is getting off on her and her own sleaziness, simultaneously.

Donatella is about the fashion industry, which Gaga revels in and thwarts, at times. This fuckin’ fun ass song (yes, I scream sing along to “DONATELLA!”), addresses this ambivalence. Applause is just awesome and is about having an audience, of course. I go a bit crazy dancing to it at the bar. *thumbs up*

gaga ass 2
THE BAD
I’m not crazy about Do What U Want, Mary Jane Holland and Dope. Do What U Want may be about critics but it feels semi icky to listen to. Mary Jane Holland is about weed in a clunky, yet obvious way. It’s like she’s trying to get the mj title by the parents in Walmart. Dope is super serious. She has sang it live and talked about how it has to do with her struggles with drugs and alcohol. I have no problem with that. However in the way that the 80s stadium rock feel worked on some Born This Way tracks, it falters here.

"Don't you know my ass is famous?"

“Don’t you know my ass is famous?”


THE EH
It’s not that Aura, Venus, Manicure, Artpop, Fashion!, (all pop) Jewels N’ Drugs (rap) and Gypsy (rocky pop) are bad. They just aren’t that memorable. Okay, Aura does sink in after a while and Venus includes the line “Don’t you know my ass is famous?”, which is hot, but they aren’t standouts. One would also think that Artpop would be stronger since it’s the title the album. I do kind of like Gypsy but it really doesn’t fit. It would have worked better on Born This Way actually.

Do I recommend Artpop? Yes, while it’s not perfect, it’s Gaga. Plus the songs that I love, I really fuckin’ love.

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5 out of 5

How to Disclipline Your Vampire

How to Discipline Your Vampire
by Mina Vaughn
published by Gallery, Threshold, Pocket Books
Pocket Star (Simon & Schuster)
release date: August 19, 2013
provided by NetGalley

It’s October, how apropos that I discuss my favorite book of 2013, which just happens to costar a vampire. I freakin love everything about this book. It’s like it was custom made for me. The protagonist is school teacher Cerise who is also bossy outside of the classroom. She’s a domme in the BDSM scene who is also into roleplay. The domme stuff is actually quite tame, she’s more into the roleplay side of things. Well, actually to the extreme.

Her big problem with finding subs is that she can’t stand anything inauthentic to her scene. The book actually opens with her partner trying to act like a rock star and just barely flubbing it. Teacher’s all “bad boy!” but not in a good way and lets that sub go.

Luckily she finds her match in William. His first scene with her is as a vampire. He tries to tell her that he actually is one, but who would believe that? He is intriguing though, with him known as Chilly Willy in the BDSM community. Why? Cold hands, high tolerance for pain, hmm?

Yes, the sex scenes are flippin’ hot. They are light on BDSM, but heavy on hotness. She’s also a bit of a switch, meaning that sometimes she likes some pain as well.

Cerise is an awesome, fully formed character. She’s a punky substitute teacher who is not crazy about entanglements, hence the substitute position. William is also multifaceted. He’s got that broody vampire thing down and has kept diaries of his life but lives in the here and now as well. His occupation keeps him out in the world. Plus he has both human and vamp roommates.

What will happen as her relationship with William progresses, deepening emotionally?

This is an amazingly fun, intriguing, sexy read.

I pulled away, hesitantly. “I don’t deserve attention from someone like you, Mrs. Norrel,” I said, bashfully. “My job is my life. I’m usually buried in paperwork, I just don’t—”I stuttered.

She leaned against the bar, pulled me against her, and wrapped one long leg around my waist. She radiated heat, and her aroma made my head spin. “I want you buried in something else,” she said huskily, grinding against me, pressing her sharp heel into my back. I moaned, and grazed my thumb along her collarbone.

“I’ll do anything you want,” I panted, as she slid her tongue down my neck, fingers loosening my tie.

(very) short excerpt from the book via Mina Vaughn

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