It's Monday again... but look on the bright side, for those of us in the U.S. it is a short
week as Thursday is Thanksgiving. Don't you just love this holiday? It is all about food, family and things to be thankful for. I am excited to have my younger brother here for the week. We will be cooking up plenty of good food.... speaking of food, I have the lovely and talented Cambria Hebert back once again. She is here with a tantalizing recipe for Thanksgiving along with the latest novel in her Take It Off Series: Text. I don't know how she did it, but she has written and released five novels since August. Whew! Amazing! Cambria is a regular here on Rainy Day Ramblings, and I am always delighted to have her back. I know all of you long time followers are familiar with her, but since I have many newcomers, I want to take a minute and introduce her once again:
Cambria Hebert is the author of the young adult paranormal Heven and Hell series, The Death Escort Series and the New Adult Take It Off Series. She loves a caramel latte, hates math and is afraid of chickens (yes, chickens). She went ot college for a bachelor's degree, couldn't pick a major and ended up with a degree in cosmetology. So rest assured, her characters will always have good hair. She currently lives in North Carolina with her husband and children (both human and fury), where she is plotting her next book. You can find out more about Cambria and her work by visiting: her blog, Facebook, twitter, Goodreads, Pinterest and Youtube.
Here is Cambria with her recipes:
I don’t know about you but the holiday’s completely sneaked up on me this year! It seems like one minute it was summer and the next my kids were making their Christmas lists and I was walking through the store and there were Christmas trees everywhere (and can I just say it is SO annoying that they put that stuff up before Halloween?).
It’s been a little hard for me to get into the holiday spirit this year because it seems so unreal its actually the holidays already. So when Heidi asked me to do a post for Thanksgiving I figured it would be a good way for me to get into the spirit.
And what better way to do that than with recipes!!
The two recipes that stood out the most to me are for a Pumpkin Spice White Hot chocolate and Acorn cookies!!!
(this recipe can be found here.)
Aren’t these so cute? I can just see them in a cute little glass bowl on the Thanksgiving table as part of a decoration. An edible decoration. Beware of little hands sneaking into the bowl for a treat!!
Instead of cutting and pasting the recipe for these little gems I figured I would just give you the link to the original recipe. There are pictures and everything to go with it and that makes it super easy to follow!
You can find the recipe for Acorn Cookies here:
So those are the recipes! Tell me what you think, are you going to give one or both a try?
Those look delicious! Definitely click on the links and check out the recipe and photos! Thanks for sharing, Cambria! I so agree about the Christmas decorations being up before Halloween, it gets earlier and earlier every year. Anyway, you all know that Cambria never comes to my blog empty handed because she is awesome like that! So today Cambria is offering to one lucky U.S. winner a chance to win a paperback copy of Text as well as a Take It Off Swag pack. I bet you wouldn't mind having that sexy book on your shelf! To enter fill out the Rafflecopter after reading the Contest Policies. Good Luck!
Here are my review of Text:
Text(Take It Off #4) by Cambria Hebert
***This is a new adult contemporary novel and contains sexual content and graphic language. It is not intended for young adult readers.***
Honor Calhoun never thought her life would ever be like the books she writes for a living. One morning while out for a run, she learns not all bad things are plots in novels. Some horrors can actually come true.
She faces off with a persistent attacker, holds her own, but in the end is taken hostage and thrown into a hole. In the middle of the woods.
But Honor didn’t go down there alone.
She took her kidnapper’s phone with her. But with a spotty signal and a dying battery, hope is slim.
Nathan Reed is an active duty Marine stationed at a small reservist base in Pennsylvania. All he wants is a calm and uneventful duty station where he can forget the memories of his time in a war-torn country.
But a single text changes everything.
Nathan becomes Honor’s only hope for survival, and he has to go against the clock, push aside his past, and take on a mission for a girl he’s never met.
Both of them want freedom… but they have to survive long enough to obtain it.
Published November 8th 2013 (first published October 29th 2013)
Source: Author for an honest review
Four and half stars: A thrilling new adult romance that will grab you and take you hostage!
Honor's feet pound the pavement. She loves running the nature path that runs beside her house. It is miles and miles of trees and green. She turns for home. Without warning, something slams into her knocking her to the ground. A large man is on top of her. Terrified she screams, and then she realizes she is alone and no one is around to help. Honor refuses to give up, she scratches and fights for her life, but the stranger is stronger. She wakes later after blacking out to find herself draped over his shoulder as he trudges through the woods. She must do something or she may end up dead. Honor sees his cell phone peeking out of his pocket. She concocts a desperate plan, she grabs the phone just before he throws her into a deep, muddy black hole. He warns her he will be back. Alone and terrified, Honor attempts to call for help. Cell phone reception is poor and her calls disconnect. Then a text comes through, a lifeline, one last chance at help. Can a text save her life?
What I Liked:
- This is Ms. Hebert's best book to date. It is overflowing with emotion, suspense, horror and romance. I loved the thrilling ride this book took me on from sheer terror to happiness. This is a new adult romance you must check out as it is beyond what we have been seeing in this genre as of late. It lacks the heavy focus on angst and gut wrenching emotion. Don't worry if you like drama and enjoy going on an emotional roller coaster, you will be satisfied with this one, but it isn't one that will tear your guts out. I thought it was the perfect blend of drama and romance. I was completely satisfied with the story and had one heck of a good time reading it.
- What I loved the most about this novel is it felt so genuine and realistic. I think the reason for that is I know that Ms. Hebert based this novel in part on herself and her husband. The heroine, Honor, is a writer, and the hero, Nathan, is a marine. Ms. Hebert is of course a writer and her husband is a marine. There were many other personal details in there that made the characters come alive. Thankfully, Ms. Hebert has never been kidnapped and thrown into a dark hole, but many of the other experiences were based on her own life. I laughed when Honor refers to her career and the time she spends on social media and all of that. There was also a funny line in there when Honor was falling in love with Nathan and she thought to herself that book bloggers would be screaming insta love. Characters that take on part of the soul of their creator are the ones that always shine the brightest for me.
- I loved the way this story pulled me in and captured me with the suspense and terror of Honor's kidnapping and her desperate plight to escape. What I admired most was her absolute determination to fight back. She is kicked, beaten, bruised and tossed into a dark muddy hole. Yet, she never gives up. You have to admire someone who doesn't give into her fear and curl up and cry. She shows tremendous courage and tenacity in horrific circumstances. I also loved her sense of humor.
- Speaking of courage, Nathan is an absolute swoon worthy hero. He is a marine who is bearing a heavy burden of sadness and loss, but when the call for help comes, he jumps into action even if it means danger to himself. He has a strong, tough exterior and an ooey gooey center. He is also a stark reminder of what all those men in the service and their families endure for our benefit. He is definitely a hero who will steal your heart.
- I love that with the Take It Off Series you get two new characters falling in love with each book, and they are all stand alones. You don't have to read them in order, you don't have to read all of them. You can pick and choose the book you want and jump right in. So for those of you who haven't read a book in this series, I would recommend grabbing this one as it is the best of the bunch! You get a complete story, a satisfying romance and a nice resolution. No cliffhangers or love triangles in this one!
And The Not So Much:
- Over all, I loved the realistic aspects of this book, but there were a couple of instances that didn't quite ring true for me. The apathetic response by the law enforcement. Once the calls came in that were disconnected you would think they would be doing everything in their power to find Honor, especially considering she wasn't the first young woman to go missing. Second, I didn't exactly buy Nathan's behavior when he went to the rescue. Why didn't he pick up the phone and call for help sooner? He could have even called his buddy for a ride, and he should have been more demanding at the police station. Third, the media revealing the victim's first and last name with the perpetrator on the loose, doesn't seem plausible either. These faults are me being nit picky and I don't want this to deter you from reading the book, yes there are a few things that stretched believability for me, but all in all it was a solid story.
- I am never one who is a big fan of sex scenes and I thought the ones in this book fell into the a bit too much information category. There are some explicit oral sex scenes that were a very descriptive. If you are one who is apt to blush when reading about sexy time, you are warned. I think that the best scenes provide just enough detail to give you a basis and then leave the rest up to your imagination. Having everything spelled out almost feels like an invasion of privacy.
- The romance does move briskly and I know some of you will think it is insta love, but I think it is realistic and doesn't fall into the insta love territory because it is easy to understand why the characters would form such a strong bond after the horrifying circumstances. I didn't think for one minute that it was insta love and I thought it was fun how Ms. Hebert poked fun at all of us who cry insta love. I think it moves at an appropriate and believable pace.
- There is a second perpetrator and who he is and how he became involved is never explained. It left me scratching my head.
Text is a terrific New Adult romance that will provide you with an exciting and suspenseful story, a terrific romance and unforgettable characters. This is a wonderful book that you can pick up and read in an afternoon. Once it grabs hold, you can't put it down. I highly recommend this one!
"Yes, I guess I was thinking about work. But when you do what you love, it isn't work. And when every experience, every single aspect of life can be pulled on for inspiration....."
"It was the kind of understanding that told me he too had experienced things that would forever leave a mark on his soul."
"What?" I said. "Should I carry it in the back of my pants like you do?" "Hell, no. You'd probably shoot yourself in that luscious ass."
"Honor was the light that flooded my darkness. She was the glasses to my partially blind eyes. Her kisses were balm to my wounded soul. Her determination to survive even when odds were against her was my wakeup call."
I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own and I was not compensated for this review.
Happy Thanksgiving, Cambria to you and your family! I am sure we will see you back plenty in 2014 here on Rainy Day Ramblings!
Be sure to check out all the books in the Take It Off Series: