Bad Traveler: A Book Review

 

Everyone loves a good in-flight read for their long plane ride. I was lucky enough to be gifted a copy of Lola Karns’ romance, Bad Traveler, for an honest review. Please note, affiliate links are included within this post.

 

Book Review

Bad Traveler by Lola Karns

 

Bad TravelerBlurb Copied from Back of Book:

Recipes are a way of life for Gwen Jones. Take one single mother, her infant daughter and a business plan for a small town bakery. Combine with an eventful cross-country flight, chance encounter with her college crush and a dash of motion sickness. Stir in a few nuts, or family members, and large quantities of chocolate. Will this recipe be an oven oops, or as delicious as her alma mater’s newest coach?

Having survived an attack in Afghanistan that cost him a leg and a wife, Kyle Collins developed a strategy to find meaning in life. He may be an assistant basketball coach but he refuses to sit on the sidelines. When he runs into the woman whose lips are as unforgettable as her brownies, Kyle decides to spice up Gwen’s recipes.

 

 

What I Liked

 

I liked that anyone can relate to these characters. I don’t have kids and yet Gwen was still someone I identified with. She’s just so average, but in a really great way. Often books build characters into these perfect, unrealistic icons, but Gwen is a heroine that everyone can root for . Of course, Kyle is the same, everyone is going to root for an injured veteran. I also enjoyed the baking aspect and the realism of starting of starting a new business and moving back home, like Gwen does.

 

What I Didn’t Like

 

I thoroughly enjoyed 95% of the book, but I won’t lie, I was disappointed in the ending. What I really enjoyed throughout the book was the simple realism, that still managed to be very readable, I couldn’t put the book down. The ending has a twist (which I won’t give away) but to me it just seemed very sudden and forced. I just thought it was an external conflict we didn’t need versus focusing on the internal conflict between them. The last line (I won’t give that away either) was a line from a very famous book from an author that I’m a huge fan of, so I just thought it was disappointing not to have an original line that was unique to the two characters in the book versus something so well known to end Gwen and Kyle’s story.

 

Final Verdict

It was less of a travel story than I thought it was going to be, but I still really enjoyed it. I read it in two days so it’s definitely very readable. I recommend this book to anyone that likes small-town romances or any new mom themed reads. Even though I wasn’t a fan of the ending, I think that most people probably will like the twist of action.

Intrigued? Grab a copy of your own!

Find more great reads and visit Lola Karns at her website!

 

Happy Reading!

XOXO

The Luv Aviatrix

Book Review: Love, Eternally by Morgan O’Neill (A Roman Time Travel Romance)

Anyone that follow my blog knows that I love Italy. Not just the food (although, it’s been a worthy adversary to my waistline), but also the history. Don’t have an Italian vacation yet? Check out last weeks post on Cinque Terre to get inspired. Whether I’m getting in the mood for my next vacation, or simply craving to be transported, travel books or destination themed reads are always a go-to. The book I’m going to review today takes place in Italy, a romance where our heroine is from modern time and is transported to ancient Rome.

 

Love Eternally Book ReviewAbout the Book

 

A witch’s ancient curse propels talented flutist Gigi Perrin back to A.D. 408, to the court of the depraved Roman Emperor Honorius and his admirable sister, Princess Galla Placidia. There, Gigi grapples with her disbelief about what has happened, and with the strange, new world of violent politics, social upheaval and barbarians straining at the very gates of an empire. Through it all, she must struggle with her powerful attraction to a pagan senator and military commander, Quintus Magnus, a man exotically different from anyone she has ever known. On the brink of a dark and war-torn age, Gigi joins forces with Magnus, battling to save a princess and her people, and ultimately finding love amid the chaos, before the fall of Rome.

 

But is the book any good?

 

*I was gifted a copy from the author for review purposes, but all opinions are my own. This blog includes affiliate links, which means the humble, starving writer gets a small commission for purchases made on the site.*

 

My Humble Opinion

 

Yes. I read the book in two days so obviously it can’t be too terrible. 😉 The heroine from Love, Eternally was instantly likeable to me because she’s a musician, a flutist. To me, music is everything so I have so much respect and love for musicians. Author O’Neill is a master of transcending the ages, taking us from a witty 21st century dialogue in the early chapter, to a much more serious, dark time in Rome’s history. The author truly succeeds in transporting the reader to another age. I enjoyed some history in the plot, without being overwhelmed by details. The hero, Magnus, for all you romance-fans out there, is honorable and alpha-he’s a soldier after all, and I’m sure leaves all the Love, Eternally readers thoroughly satisfied. The storyline is action-packed which was why I couldn’t put the book down.

 

What I Liked Most

The secondary characters were so vivid, I found myself rooting for the ones I loved. I won’t go into too much details to avoid spoilers, but trust me, the story is full of great characters. Author O’Neill even left me craving some hunky Visigoths (You’ll know when you read the book). I’m so excited to read the next book, After The Fall and I think I’ll love it even more than the first book! O’Neill is adept are weaving a well-rounded plot that goes beyond just the main two characters.

 

What I Didn’t Like

In Love, Eternally, the heroine is transported to Ancient Rome and of course, no one speaks English. In the book, it seemed like overnight she was fluent in Latin. I get that it’s just a book and she needed to be able to speak to the hero, but it just removed me a bit because I was like wait, all of the sudden she speaks perfect Latin? I think that their bond could have been just as strong with a language barrier. One author that I’ve seen do this really well is Kresley Cole. In her book, Demon From the Dark, her main characters speak different languages, and her ability to bring the characters together really affected me. Because the bond went beyond words.

 

Final Verdict

This book is a must-read is you’re planning an Italian getaway. It’s an easy, enjoyable read that will transport you to another country in another age. Fans of time-travel romances such as the Outlander series will gobble this series right up and I’m sure O’Neill has a slew of fans in this vein. She definitely has one in me! Off to read the next book in the series, After The Fall!

 

Scroll down for links to grab these great reads for your self 🙂 Learn more about the author at her website!

 

Happy Reading

XOXO

The Luv Aviatrix

 

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If you like sexy romans, don’t forget to check out my book, Gods and Gladiators 🙂

 

 

Sexy Summer Read: The Sex Demon Trilogy

Need a sexy in-flight read for that long plane ride ahead?

The Sex Demon Trilogy is a dark, erotic paranormal that will keep you plenty warm on that overly-air conditioned flight 😉

  Flight Attendants with some sexy inflight reading, The Sex Demon Trilogy by Jaye Shields Before I give you the rundown on the book, let me first say that there are affiliate links included in this post to which I get a commission from. Okay, now the sexy stuff…

Whether you’re a season sexified reader that gobbles up each sexy title from authors like E.L. James or Sylvia Day, or a newbie reader in the erotic romance world, give these Sex Demons a try, they’re sure to please. Literally. 😉

 

 

The Sex Demon Trilogy  by Jaye Shields

The Sex Demon Trilogy by Jaye Shields is a sexy paranormal read, sure to set your kindle of fire.
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Tap Into Your Inner Sex Demon… Sex demons need constant climax to survive. Orgies and promiscuous sex tend to be an everyday thing, but finding love is not. Dive into The Sex Demon Trilogy and meet three sex demons who find love in the least likely of places. With these tales of love come danger, heartbreak, and hot, hot sex like only a sex demon can do it. Content Warning: strong language, light BDSM scenes, girl-on-girl action, and all kinds of sex demon mayhem.

“Jaye writes spunky heroines and alpha heroes who keep you entertained from page one.” – A Tasty Read Book Reviews

 

 

 

 

 

Confessions of a Sex Demon:
Lennox is a man fueled by revenge, but when he finds his quarry, a scintillating and infuriating sex demon named Zahra, his resolve will be put to the test. For when he captures his prize, Lennox realizes that Zahra’s slow demise means the breaking of a heart he didn’t think he had.

Claiming of a Sex Demon:
A sex demon needs climax to survive, but that’s never been a problem for Reza Aniron as women seem to be unable to resist his charms…all except for one, a timid, blonde angel who treats him with complete indifference. But in her eyes he can see a fire that’s just waiting to be released. And he always did love a challenge.

Addictions of a Sex Demon:
Sephina has gotten into a lot of trouble as a sex demon with a drug addiction. Moving to a new village was supposed to help her get clean. But when she relapses, it comes with a side of hot dragon man. Axel may be a drug dealer, but he’s also the town healer. Half-human, half-dragon, his blood can cure just about anything, but it has some erotic side effects for its user, as the new beauty in town is about to find out…

Are you intrigued yet? Grab a copy of this sexy read here, both in print and available in e-book for you sly kindle readers 😉

Jaye Shields and her sexy romance novel, The Sex Demon Trilogy
Jaye Shields and her sexy romance novel, The Sex Demon Trilogy

 

 

Happy Reading

XOXO The Luv Aviatrix

Memoir: What I was Doing While You Were Breeding

I love to read almost as much as I love to fly-actually, maybe it’s the other way around. The point is, reading and traveling are two of my biggest addictions. Which is why travel books are Achilles heel. I love finding a new read, so when it’s travel related, what could be better. Below is my review of What I was Doing While You Were Breeding, I’ve also included buy links in case you want to grab a copy of your own (which I highly recommend) but be advised that I’ve included affiliate links which mean I may get a commission for my referral. I love this book, but might as well get a couple cents for my referral, eh? 🙂

 

Book Review:

What I Was Doing While You Were Breeding

By Kristin Newman

Kristin Newman spent much of her twenties and thirties buying dresses to wear to her friends’ weddings and baby showers. Not ready to settle down and in need of an escape from her fast-paced job as a sitcom writer, Kristin instead traveled the world, often alone, for several weeks each year. In addition to falling madly in love with the planet, Kristin fell for many attractive locals, men who could provide the emotional connection she wanted without costing her the freedom she desperately needed.
Kristin introduces readers to the Israeli bartenders, Finnish poker players, sexy Bedouins, and Argentinean priests who helped her transform into “Kristin-Adjacent” on the road–a slower, softer, and, yes, sluttier version of herself at home. Equal parts laugh-out-loud storytelling, candid reflection, and wanderlust-inspiring travel tales, What I Was Doing While You Were Breeding is a compelling debut that will have readers rushing to renew their passports.

 

Buy It From Amazon

 

My Humble Opinion

LUVED IT!

This is one of my favorite travel books! Newman is hilariously honest and spins true tales that many women can relate to- I know I did. Although Newman is a writer, she has the spirit of a flight attendant and that’s why I think all my cohearts will LUV this book. Any flight attendant knows the itch, the restless feeling of going too long without setting foot in a new place. Kristin’s annoying quantity of money allows her to jetset her way around the world, alone most of the time…until she meets a stud of some variety. I’ve done most of my traveling alone too and there’s something to be said about the unique experience that comes from venturing around solo. You find out what you’re true potential is. Not only that, but being alone makes it WAY easier to meet new people. The people that Nelson meets makes this book all the more colorful. I know that as a flight attendant, I put many of her adventures on my to-do list, such as her trek through New Zealand. Want to find out what I’m talking about? Read the book. I know you’ll luv it!

 

So, what’s your favorite travel book?

 

XOXO

The Luv Aviatrix