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Updated: Nov 21, 2020

Duke of Pleasure

I love, love, love Alf. I always have throughout this series when she appears. But this book it is amazing and a very hot, hot read. Her character is so different from every female main character. She’s tough, fearless, decisive, quirky, and a survivor strong beyond belief. The authors portrayal of her as a boy was handled with delicate precision drawing the reader into her life on the streets.

Hugh is a very interesting man who shows up in several of the earlier books to this series and has always intrigued me with the question of what makes him tick. This book explains the mystery behind the man and expands on who he is as a man and father.

Unorthodox is what I think of when I match Alf and Hugh. For so many reasons they should not work together as a couple but the author spins a beautiful web and draws the reader into their lives where we must make a decision. Can this work?

For me the character that stuck out the most beside the two main characters is Iris, Lady Jordan. Now this lady has tons of admirable traits and her interaction with Alf was just so unique and so unheard of that it will warm the readers heart. The interchange between Iris and Raphael is the perfect setup for the next book to this series and I am really looking forward to reading that book when it comes out.

This book is about surviving against all odds, death, healing, forgiveness, overlooking the obvious and making the right decisions based on oneself and not society.

I give it 5 STARS for adding twists to the storyline that are unexpected.

Received an advance reader copy in exchange for a fair review.

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Sweetest Regret

A quick romantic read during the bustle of the holidays this Christmas Novella centered around the mistletoe, a country party, stolen documents and an old lost love is just want the romantic needs to take away the stress. There are a lot of examples of Christmas traditions woven into this book that makes the story an enjoyable and instructive read.

Speaking of Christmas traditions one has to chuckle at how Lucas uses the mistletoe to get his way with Georgina. It was also entertaining to see how Georgina outsmarts Lucas regarding his taking advantage of this mistletoe custom.

Having no idea about the true mistletoe custom I looked it up. According to Slate “It wasn’t until the 18th or 19th centuries, though, that the British started hanging mistletoe as part of Christmas celebrations. Charles Dickens paints a scene of mass sub-mistletoe kissing: Young women “screamed and struggled, and ran into corners, and did everything but leave the room, until … they all at once found it useless to resist any longer and submitted to be kissed with a good grace.” In this context, mistletoe was supposed to bring luck to two people who kissed underneath it and bad luck to those who didn’t. Some say proper etiquette is to pick a berry off for every kiss and stop when all the berries are gone.”

Lucas’s character is romantic and though he is hurt by their past he moves forward with his life to become higher up in the government. I truly enjoyed his relentless pursuit of Georgina and the truth that they finally uncovered but if you want to know if they have an HEA you will have to read the book.

The reader will enjoy this read because it deals with tradition, lost love, lies, redemption and forgiveness.

I give it 4 STARS for being delightful to read.

Received an advance reader copy in exchange for a fair review.

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How often can you say that a business and it’s people touch your heart creating a catalyst in your thinking?

For anyone who knows me, they will know my love for The SweetSpot and the The SweetSpot Bakehouse. Often I am talking or sharing pictures about their outstanding barista’s, food or baked goods. For me they are home and when I come back from my travels (I sew costumes around the world for entertainment) they are the first place I go to if they are open.


So recently after 6 months of being away from home including a month in China I needed my white chocolate mocha with coconut milk. Bright and early the next morning I walked into the The SweetSpot in downtown Whitewater, WI and happened to glance at the chalkboard wall as I waited to order. As I was reading the wall I became very emotional as I realized that it was a “Pay It Forward” wall. How many businesses even think to do that? Really! My heart was touched at this wall showing the out pouring of love from strangers. As the items are claimed they are erased. More donations get randomly added with the dollar amounts being stored on a gift card till claimed.


As I sit here a few days from Thanksgiving I think of all the things I am thankful for and all the times I feel sorry for myself and I am ashamed. I have so much and have come a long way from the little girl who lived on welfare raised by a single mother. I have grown through my divorce and raised two loving children while going back to school and working after 15 years of being a homemaker. More importantly I have lived through being severely septic and having Sjögren’s Syndrome.

This post it’s not about making myself feel better, making you like me or to have a pity party. It’s about celebrating survival and coming out on the other side. It’s about knowing that sometimes you just need a random act of kindness to take the next step because face it people sometimes life is about barely making the next step.

I thought of everything that has happened in my life and I decided that mine would be “$15 to a divorced women with children” so she can have an hour of peace and eat at the place I love.


Thank you, The SweetSpot for reminding me that there are people and businesses who care about the lives of others and that through their Random Act of Kindness and Pay It Forward a life will be changed.

What will you do today to Pay It Forward? Have you ever received a Random Act of Kindness? Leave a comment…….and share your uplifting moment.

Smiles sprinkled with thankfulness,

Teri aka Sportochick

#thanks #coffee #thanksgiving #payitforward #barista #bakery

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