Wednesday, September 20, 2017

My Favorite.. Restaurant

My Favorite.. is a weekly meme hosted by Maureen’s Books. In this meme we share every week something we love with each other. Because let’s face it.. The world can be a dark place and it’s time to share something positive. For more info: My Favorite Meme.

I love restaurants! Going out for dinner is one of my favorite things to do. Especially when it’s date night with my husband. Going out for dinner always feels special to me. Good food, some nice drinks, good company.. to me it’s the perfect way to spend a free evening. And we’re very lucky to be able to go out for dinner at least once a month, and sometimes even more. There are many restaurants I love but there is one restaurant that is my favorite.

And that restaurant is called ‘Het Arsenaal’ and it was also the location of our wedding a view months back. Not only is the food very tasty and unlike most restaurants, it also has this special kind of feeling to it that I love. It just looks very nice, the waiters are very kind and it just feels like a celebration every time we go there. Sigh.. Yes.. Definitely my favorite restaurant.

Our beautiful wedding table at 'Het Arsenaal'
What is your favorite restaurant?

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Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Promo 'The Long Way Home' by K. Langston

Today I’m excited to share with you a promo for ‘The Long Way Home’ by K. Langston. ‘The Long Way Home’ is a Contemporary Romance novel and was re-released last week on September 14th.

About the Book:
Broken. Shattered. Destroyed.

Healing seems impossible.  

Moving on… 


I can’t let go of the past. The overwhelming guilt won’t let me. I fight the pain every single day but it’s not getting any easier to carry, and there are days when I wonder if I will ever find happiness. 

Or if I even deserve it.   

Determined to endure my misery alone, I’ve pushed everyone out of my life, including my best friend, Linc. Now he’s back and he won’t leave without a fight. He’s tearing down my walls and forcing me to face what I’ve kept buried for so long. Because of him, I feel like I can finally breathe again, and there’s a sliver of hope weaving its way into my heart.  

Will it be enough to save me from the darkness that threatens to drown me?   

Love isn’t always easy.   

But it’s always worth it.

Author’s note: The Long Way Home is a new edition of the previously published book titled Sylvie. With the exception of a new cover, blurb, title, and added bonus material all other content remains the same.

The Facts:

Publication Date:
September 14th, 2017
Contemporary Romance
eBook, Paperback
Available at:


It’s nearly dark when I wander out onto the porch and find Linc packing up his tools and loading up his truck.

“I won’t be here tomorrow so make sure you bring water and your lunch.” 

He chuckles, the sound soothing and warm. “I will.” 

Slamming the tailgate of his truck, he walks to the foot of the steps. The porch light illuminates his face as a smile teases the corners of his lips. 

I fold my arms across my chest. 

I’ve never had to fight so hard at it. When Dean was here it was easier to mask. But now that he’s gone, it’s taking everything I have to cover it up. 

He props a booted foot onto the bottom step. “We’ll be finished tomorrow.” 



“Doesn’t mean I’m finished with you though.”


“Told ya I ain’t goin’ nowhere.” Linc plants his feet on the porch, standing directly in front of me, eyes gleaming with affection. The green irises set my body on fire and build an inferno of heat, raging in my heart and between my legs. 

“What’s for dinner?” 

I smile because, damn it all to hell, when it comes to him, I can’t help myself. “Fish sticks and macaroni and cheese.” 

He smirks. “You know that’s my favorite.” 

One minute I’m standing on my front porch, trying desperately to resist him. And the next minute, I’m in his arms…

Giving in. 

His lips claim mine, soft yet hard paired with unmistakable determination. His warm tongue tangles with mine, tasting of deep longing and strong desire. 

The kiss of that desperate boy long ago pales in comparison to that of this unyielding man.

I throw my arms around his shoulders as he backs me into the door. “I’ve waited a fucking lifetime for this?” he whispers across my lips before seizing them once more, renewing his passion. 

I’ve dreamed of this moment for so long, to feel his touch, to taste his lips once more. The possessive manner in which his fingers brand my skin, the way his tongue greedily slides against mine.

Linc begins to slow the kiss but I’m not ready for it to end, so I dig deeper and pull tighter, in my vain attempt to soar higher. 

I don’t want to let this moment go. 


His hands cup my face and I can sense him trying to pull away, so I let him, because otherwise I’ll beg him to take me right here and now. His forehead rests against mine, and I take this opportunity to breathe him in. 

“God, I’ve missed you so much.”

“I’ve missed you, too,” I say, still trying to grasp the reality of what is happening. “I still can’t believe you’re here.” 

His eyes meet mine as confusion settles on his face. “Why?”

“Because of everything that’s happened between us. Because of everything I said to you. I thought you would hate me forever. It’s what I wanted.” 

“I could never hate you.” 

“I would hate me,” I whisper.

His hands move to my back, pulling me into his chest. “Know what I hate? I hate what he’s done to you. I hate what he took away from us, and most of all, I hate that you’re still letting him.” 

God, I hate it, too. 

 “It’s time.” 

 “I know.” I agree, because even though I don’t deserve him, I need him in order to survive this.

About the Author:

K lives in the deep south with her husband of 16 years, their two children and fur babies, Sadie and Birdie. She released her debut novel Because You're Mine in September 2013 and has since released three follow-up books in the MINE series. Her newest series, Brothers in Blue, is packed full of romance and suspense and features six alpha brothers.

She was also a contributing author to the USA Today Bestselling anthology, F*cking Awkward and co-wrote Unlawful Justice with fellow author and friend, KC Lynn.

When she's not penning her next story, you can find her nose buried between the pages of a good book or she's on social media because look. SQUIRREL!!

For more information about K. Langston please visit her Goodreads, Facebook and Twitter

Friday, September 15, 2017

Review 'The Lying Game' by Ruth Ware
The text message is just three words: I need you.

Isa drops everything, takes her baby daughter and heads straight to Salten. She spent the most significant days of her life at boarding school on the marshes there, days which still cast their shadow over her now.

Something terrible has been found on the beach. Something which will force Isa to confront her past, together with the three best friends she hasn't seen for years, but has never forgotten. Theirs is no cosy reunion: Salten isn't a safe place for them, after what they did.

At school the girls used to play the Lying Game. They competed to convince people of the most outrageous stories. But for some, did the boundary between fact and fantasy become too blurred?

And how much can you really trust your friends?

The Facts:

Publication Date:
June 15th, 2017
Thriller, Mystery
eBook, Paperback, Hardcover, Audio
Available at:

My Review:

A view weeks ago I came across Reese Witherspoon’s bookclub called ‘RW Bookclub’. Since I love Reese as an author, and already followed here on Instagram, I knew she loved reading so I started following her book club’s Instagram page. And in the beginning of August they shared their new book of the month ‘The Lying Game’. This sounded like a fun new thriller, and since they were so enthusiastic about it I bought it with a gift card I received for my birthday. And as soon as it arrived I started reading.

‘Four friends. One promise. But someone isn’t telling the truth.’ Well, who doesn’t get excited when they see that on a cover?! I know I did. ‘The Lying Game’ is a very thrilling read, that keeps you guessing till the very last page. We meet these four friends, who supposedly are best friends but somehow they haven’t seen each other in years. Something happened to them years ago, and it changed everything. But what really happened? 

Throughout this book, we don’t know for a long time what happened all those years ago. All we know is that something happened when they were younger, and that they got expelled from their school and lost touch. But when one them, Kate,  sends the message ‘I Need You’’, they all come running. Why? It sure kept me excited and determined to keep on reading until I knew what really happened. 

‘The Lying Game’ was my first Ruth Ware book, and I must say I loved it. I loved getting to know these characters, their lives now, the suspense of finding out the truth, but also their shared history. I loved how this book kept me guessing. And I loved how, little by little I got to know what really happened. And learning what the lying game was, was definitely interesting too. I wouldn’t have liked these girls when I was growing up, that’s for sure. 

The story is told from Isa’s point of view, and she wasn’t always very easy to like. She just had a daughter six months ago and somehow she changed into this mother who isn’t able to have a life away from home and her daughter. She is still breastfeeding her, and she doesn’t even let her partner, the girl’s father, help out most of the time. I found her very irritating at least a couple of times. And I could have loved the book just as much without all the breastfeeding moments. But still.. It didn’t make this book any less good for me.

 ‘The Lying Game’ was an exciting, thrilling and fun read that definitely was worth every penny. I’ll be reading more of Ruth Ware after this one!

My Rating:

About the Author:

Ruth Ware grew up in Sussex, on the south coast of England. After graduating from Manchester University she moved to Paris, before settling in North London. She has worked as a waitress, a bookseller, a teacher of English as a foreign language and a press officer. She is married with two small children, and In a Dark, Dark Wood is her début thriller. 

For more information about Ruth Ware please visit her website. Or visit her on Facebook and Twitter

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

My Favorite.. Bookmark

My Favorite.. is a weekly meme hosted by Maureen’s Books. In this meme we share every week something we love with each other. Because let’s face it.. The world can be a dark place and it’s time to share something positive. For more info: My Favorite Meme.

As a reader and a book blogger I love collecting bookmarks. Not that I have so many, and I  don’t go looking for bookmarks on the internet. But when I’m in a new bookstore, or a museum I love to buy myself a little souvenir in the form of a bookmark. I almost never use them, but I keep them in this box. And every once in a while I love to look through that box and remember all those places I visited.

But just like with everything else I do have a favorite bookmark. Well, to be honest five favorite bookmarks. And I haven't got them that long. But my favorite bookmarks are these gorgeous and awesome bookmarks from Harry Potter. I bought them a little while ago when I was visiting a new city with my husband. These were in this beautiful Disney and Movie store that was moving and they were 25% off. So… I had to buy them off course. And boy do I love looking at them. I haven't used them, and probably won't use them.. but looking at them sure is fun!

What is your favorite bookmark and why?

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Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Review 'Deal Breaker' by Marnie St. Clair
From one-night-stand to new boss... 

Ambitious management consultant Ellen Kennedy is going places. But when last year’s one-night-stand shows up in her office as her new manager, it threatens everything she’s worked so hard for. Even worse, she’s not quite sure that one night was enough.

Alex Broadhurst has private reasons for moving to Melbourne, and he has no intention of sharing them with anyone, including the woman he never forgot. But business and pleasure can’t mix, not ever, no matter the temptation.

Workplace romances always end in disaster, so Ellen and Alex strike a deal: one night in the past won’t affect their present or influence their future. But sometimes even the best deals are made to be broken...

The Facts:

Publication Date:
September 12th, 2017
Contemporary Romance
Available at:

My Review:

When I read the book description of ‘Deal Breaker’ a view weeks ago, I knew this was a book I wanted to read. It just sounded like a perfect romantic read. 

In ‘Deal Breaker’ we meet Ellen Kennedy, an ambitious young woman who really wants to make it in her line of work. Ellen worked really hard to get where she is now, so when her new boss happens to be the guy she had a hot one night stand with months ago, she is in complete shock. Understandable! I really enjoyed reading about Ellen. She was fun, and I loved how ambitious she was. She wasn’t a woman to mess with, and she stood up for what she believed in.

The other main character was Alex Broadhurst. A handsome guy with a complicated personal life, and who worked hard to where he is now. Alex was an interesting guy to get to know. He was mysterious, charming and hard working. The chemistry between Ellen and Alex was especially in the beginning addicting to read about. I loved how they grew closer and it was definitely fun to read about.

Unfortunately, this story became less interesting half way through. The whole personal stuff in Alex life was just weird. I couldn’t connect to that part of the story at all. Even as a nurse, I just didn’t get it. I can’t really explain more without spoiling it, but trust me.. I was weird.
And I felt like the exciting stuff between the romance of Ellen and Alex happened in the middle of the book. After that the story just became too slow for me. And I lost interest. 

What I did enjoy was the whole old friends of Ellen bit. I loved how these four girls grew up together and always stayed close. Although this wasn’t the main subject of the book, I really enjoyed that part and would have loved to read more about that friendship. 

Overall I think this book had a lot of promise, but was just a little disappointing in the end.

My Rating:

About the Author:

Marnie grew up in country NSW but now lives in a lovely leafy suburb of Melbourne with her husband and two gorgeous daughters. Apart from a deep and abiding love of all things romance, she has a wide array of embarrassing and/or unusual passions including playing Bridge, growing succulents, visiting deserts and getting down on the Zumba floor. No points for guessing which passion is the embarrassing one.

For more information about Marnie St. Clair please visit her website

I received this book from Escape Publishing in exchange for my honest review.

Monday, September 11, 2017

Things You Didn’t Know About My Bookish Life #2

A little while back I was thinking about what kind of posts I wanted to make for the upcoming weeks. And I kept coming back to this ‘Things You Didn’t Know About My Bookish Life’. I love reading books and sharing them on my blog off course. But I thought it would be fun to share some other random bookish stuff about my life with you.

When I was growing up my mum would gift me books when something special would happen. For example when I got my swimming diploma, or got a good school report etc. And she would always write these messages inside the book at the first page. And I loved that! I always felt so special when I read those messages.

I still own almost all my children books, and I love looking through them and re-reading those messages. Sometimes I got books from my aunt and uncle, and they would write a short message in the book too. And the best thing about it to me is that I’ll always know when I got a book and for what occasion.

Obviously, for me as a reader.. all books are special. But the books with these short little message always feel extra special to me. 

Thank you mom! 

Check out my Things You Didn’t Know About My Bookish Life #1 post here! 

Sunday, September 10, 2017

The Sunday Post #64: Books & POP's

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer ~ Its a chance to share news ~ A Post to recap the past week on your blog, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead.


This week my husband and I both had a week off from work. And it flew by as usual. We had a great week, just relaxing and hanging out at our home. It was just perfect!

On Monday we went to sort out a big storage unit filled with books. A friend of ours asked us if we were able to help him sort through hundreds of boxes with books from an old friend of him who was kind of a hoarder. Since we had the week off we decided it would be fun and we spend the whole Monday, and Tuesday morning sorting through those books. There were a lot of books. Most of them were really old paperbacks of war stories, and a lot of them were only good for the trash unfortunately. A lot of mold, and dust. But there were also some very nice history books, atlases and art books. We are trying to sell them now. Even though I didn’t really find any books for me, which is probably a good thing, it was really fun to look through all those books.

Tuesday afternoon we went to the zoo with our little nephew and brother and sister in law. We had a great time. The weather was pretty good, and since it was a Tuesday there weren’t too much people. In the end we bought our nephew a gift and it was just so cute to see how happy he was with it. 

The rest of the week was spend relaxing at home. On Thursday I got this amazing gift from my husband. A Harry Potter POP summer convention exclusive!! So sweet! We saw that one when we were shopping a little while back, but I didn’t buy it because I thought it was too expensive. But when we got home we found out it was pretty cheap since we couldn’t find it anywhere else for that prize. But since the place we saw it wasn’t close by, I kind of gave up on it. Well.. apparently my husband felt bad for me and decided to email the guy in the store and he send it to us. So sweet!! And I just love it sooooo much!!

Today, Saturday we are spending the day in Amsterdam with my mom and her boyfriend. 

Books & Blogging: 

Blogging wise I spend this week preparing some posts for the upcoming weeks. I signed up for the Blog Ahead challenge that starts this October. Hopefully I’m able to get some posts ready for when the holiday months starts. I can’t believe Christmas is only four months away!
I definitely got some great reading time in this week! I wish I could read this much every week. Sigh..

Last Week on the Blog:

This Week on the Blog:

  • Things You Didn’t Know About My Bookish Life #2
  • Review ‘Deal Breaker’ by Marnie St. Clair
  • My Favorite.. Bookmark
  • Review ‘The Lying Game’ by Ruth Ware

New Arrivals:

Received from the author
Received by Escape Publishing

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Friday, September 8, 2017

Blog Ahead Challenge 2017

I’m super excited that the lovely Herding Cats & Burning Soup is hosting another Blog Ahead starting in October. The Blog Ahead Challenge aims at helping you cut the stress by blogging ahead and creating a stockpile of scheduled posts that are ready to go when life gets a little crazy. Interested? Go sign up here and join!


  • Any completed and scheduled posts counts.
  • The posts must be dated November 1st or later. They cannot go live in October and count towards the event.

My Goal:

I don’t have the best track record for the blog ahead challenges and reaching my set goal. But at least I always try hard! Right?! And I won’t give up now. For this challenge my goal is to have at least 14 posts ready to go by the end of October.  

Go on and join the challenge on the Herding Cats & Burning Soup blog, and don’t forget to visit other participants and give them some encouragement. 

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Review 'Secrets in Death' by J.D. Robb
A new novel in the #1 New York Times bestselling series: Lt. Eve Dallas must separate rumors from reality when a woman who traffics in other people’s secrets is silenced.

The chic Manhattan nightspot Du Vin is not the kind of place Eve Dallas would usually patronize, and it’s not the kind of bar where a lot of blood gets spilled. But that’s exactly what happens one cold February evening.

The mortally wounded woman is Larinda Mars, a self-described “social information reporter,” or as most people would call it, a professional gossip. As it turns out, she was keeping the most shocking stories quiet, for profitable use in her side business as a blackmailer. Setting her sights on rich, prominent marks, she’d find out what they most wanted to keep hidden and then bleed them dry. Now someone’s done the same to her, literally—with a knife to the brachial artery.

Eve didn’t like Larinda Mars. But she likes murder even less. To find justice for this victim, she’ll have to plunge into the dirty little secrets of all the people Larinda Mars victimized herself. But along the way, she may be exposed to some information she really didn’t want to know…

The Facts:

Publication Date:
September 5th, 2017
In Death #45
Crime, Mystery
eBook, Hardcover, Paperback, Audio
Available at:

My Review:

I love every book by J.D. Robb I’ve ever read. The In Death series is definitely one series I look forward to reading every single book from. So when ‘Secrets in Death’ arrived in my mail box I was super excited to start reading.

In the new J.D. Robb book Lieutenant Eve Dallas witnessed a murder herself when she is having a drink with a colleague. Yes, definitely something new! The victim is Larinda Mars, a ‘gossip’ reporter who many people disliked. The list of suspects gets very long, and Eve soon finds out there is a lot about Larinda Mars the public didn’t know. And Eve’s husband Roarke’s expertise in technology and safes come in hand with this case. What a fascinating guy!

‘Secrets in Death’ is already the 45th book in the series. And I definitely enjoyed reading about Eve Dallas again. I love how she really gets into her work, and takes no crap from anyone. This book started very good. I loved how Eve herself was now a witness to a murder. It was something else, and definitely unexpected. And for a long time I really didn’t see who would have murdered Larinda Mars. Almost everyone disliked her, even Eve, and I could have easily seen a lot of people murdering her.. But right in the middle of a busy bar? 

To be honest, I didn’t really liked how this book ended. It felt a little rushed to me. There wasn’t a real suspect, and bam Eve knew who was the murderer and the book ended. I would have liked to see a little more real detective work. And I also missed Peabody in this book. She really didn’t have much a role in this one.

But, just like with all the In Death books, I really like that we get to read all those details of a case. In most crime novels, we don’t read about every single thing the Lieutenant or Inspector thinks. But in these book we really get in sight Eve Dallas’s head. I really loved that, and it almost makes me feel like I really know her. Definitely a bravo to the author. 

Overall it was another good In Death book. But I liked the previous one more.

My Rating:

About the Author:

Nora Roberts is the number one New York Times bestseller of more than 200 novels. She published her first novel using the pseudonym J.D. Robb in 1995, with the In Death series, Robb has become one of the biggest thriller writers on earth, with each new novel reaching number one on bestseller charts over the world. With over 450 million copies of her books in print, she is indisputably one of the most celebrated and popular writers in the world.

For more information about Nora Roberts please visit her website. Or visit her on Goodreads, Amazon and Facebook

I received this book from the Little, Brown Book Group in exchange for my honest review.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

My Favorite.. Fantasy Novel

My Favorite.. is a weekly meme hosted by Maureen’s Books. In this meme we share every week something we love with each other. Because let’s face it.. The world can be a dark place and it’s time to share something positive. For more info: My Favorite Meme.

Obviously my favorite Fantasy novel is Harry Potter. But since I’ve already talked about that series many time on this weekly meme, and not everyone considers is fitting for the fantasy genre.. I have to go with another book. My favorite Fantasy novel is ‘A Promise of Fire’ by Amanda Bouchet.

‘A Promise of Fire’ is the first book in the Kingmaker Chronicles and I just loved it. I read the book in December of 2016, and from the moment I started reading, I just couldn’t put it down. Not only did I love the setting of this book, but I loved the characters too. They were just so fun. There’s also a lot of romance in this book, and there were also very funny moments that made me laugh out loud many different times.

I’m sorry to say I haven’t read another book in this amazing series yet, but I definitely plan on reading the other books too. If you like fantasy novels, and romance.. this book is perfect for you.

What is your favorite Fantasy novel?

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Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Review 'The Billionaire Cattle Baron' by Mandy Magro
A country boy meets a city girl in this sexy opposites attract story from best-selling author Mandy Magro.

Blake Wellstone is a cowboy through and through, his wealth and status obtained by years of hard work on his cattle stations spread out across Australia. But this farmer isn’t looking for a wife — his first love ended in tragedy, and he will never put his heart on the line again. The land is his love, and he’s happy that way.

Sasha Hepworth has goals and ambitions and she has worked very hard for her success. She’s just forgotten how to enjoy herself. So a weekend fling with a gorgeous cowboy is just what she needs — after all, it can’t go any further. She’d never leave the conveniences and beauty of the city for a dusty outback town.

But a weekend of fine dining and spectacular sights isn’t enough for Blake and Sasha, and the growing feelings that neither can deny make them question everything about their lives. When a city girl meets a country boy, will they find middle ground?

The Facts:

Publication Date:
September 4th, 2017
Contemporary Romance
Available at:

My Review:

When I first read the book description of ‘The Billionaire Cattle Baron’, I knew this was a book I wanted to read. When I see A country boy meets a city girl written at the beginning of a book, I get fascinated. And sometimes I just really need a romance novel, and this one just sounded perfect. 

In ‘The Billionaire Cattle Baron’ we meet Cowboy Blake Wellstone, and hardworking city girl Sasha Hepworth. Both are very hardworking, both are single and both are determined not to give their heart to anyone. But when they meet in the big city there is an instant connection they both can’t deny. Yes, sparks were flying out of the book! 

Especially the beginning of this book I really loved. I loved how we got to know Blake and Sasha, and how kind both characters were. They were also really different, and they led very different lives. But it sure was fun to read about how these two characters got to know each other and how their romance started. 

The romance between Blake and Sasha was really fun to read. They have a lot of chemistry and there were definitely some hot scenes between those two. I truly enjoyed reading about these two. But the romance also felt kind of rushed to be honest. This book isn’t very long, and I found the story going a little bit too fast. For two people who have been determined to not fall in love and give their hearts to another person, they sure do fall in love fast. 

And another thing I missed in this book, I would have loved to read more about Blake’s and Sasha’s actual live. We read about how they meet, there romance etc. But not really about their job or their lives. And I definitely missed that.

But overall ‘The Billionaire Cattle Baron’ was a nice romantic read that is perfect for a summer night.

My Rating:

About the Author:

Mandy Magro lives in Cairns, Far North Queensland, with her daughter, Chloe Rose. With pristine aqua-blue coastline in one direction, and sweeping rural landscapes in the other, she describes her home as heaven on earth. A passionate woman, and a romantic at heart, she loves writing about soul-deep love, the Australian rural way of life, and all the wonderful characters that live there.

For more information about Mandy Magro please visit her website. Or visit her on Facebook.

I received this book from Escape Publishing in exchange for my honest review.

Monday, September 4, 2017

Book Blitz 'Just Three Dates' by David Burnett

Today I’m excited to participate in the Book Blitz of ‘Just Three Dates’ by David Burnett. This is a New Adult, Romance novel that was published on July 1st.

About the Book:
Should you only marry for love? 

Since breaking with her last boyfriend, Karen has refused to trust any man her age. For the past three years, she has not dated the same one twice, and only one in ten has received even a goodnight kiss as she turned him away. Karen is an artist. She follows her feelings, lives in a cluttered loft, and gushes over vivid sunsets. 

Mark still dreams about his almost-fiancée, and his date book has been empty since he threw her out a week before he’d planned to ask for her hand. His friends call him the “Ice Man,” since he seldom smiles, especially at a woman. A math professor at the College, logic guides his behavior, he loves order, and an elegant proof is a thing of beauty. 

Both Karen and Mark have all but abandoned hope of ever falling in love, and, left on their own, these opposites would never attract. So, their mothers become matchmakers, entangling them in a series of dates, extracting promises that they will go out together three times, suggesting that, in the absence of love, a “marriage of convenience” is a live option. 

If you like heartwarming stories based on true-to-life behaviors, with complicated relationships and a less-than-certain outcome, you will enjoy Just Three Dates!

The Facts:

Publication Date:
July 1st, 2017
New Adult, Romance
eBook, Paperback
Available at:

Guest Post:

On Happy Endings

“….and they lived happily ever after.” 

Can a fairy tale end in any other way? Can the beautiful girl ever be eaten by the wolf, remain under the power of the wicked sorcerer, or end her life in abject poverty without the love and support of the handsome prince? If there is such a tale, I’ve never read it. 

Happily ever after is a principle enshrined in literature for generations. It was something on which a reader could count. In the end, the hero would always come out on top. The interest in happy endings carried over into film. No matter how dark the circumstances, the guy in the white hat would triumph, and the villain – dressed in black – would be vanquished.

Of course, not every story or play or book ended in the way we might want. Romeo and Juliet, and its modern incarnation, West Side Story, come to mind as a plays in which the heroes died. But, by and large, the reader or the viewer could plan on a happy ending. 

At some point this all changed. Today, one never knows what evil awaits the hero, nor if the hero will be able to overcome it. It has been asserted that if writers want to be taken seriously, today, they must actually avoid happily ever after endings to their books. 

I wonder if the modern disdain for happy endings comes from the pervasive cynicism that we see among the baby boomer generation. Boomers were born between nineteen forty-five and nineteen sixty-five and, in part because of their numbers, they have had a dramatic impact on American society. 

As a baby boomer, myself, I might well ask why we are more cynical than were those who came before us.

Perhaps it is because, during our lifetimes, we have seen political figures shot in the streets (the Kennedys, Wallace, and Reagan). We have watched as our government prosecuted two wars – in Viet Nam and Iraq – which ultimately seemed to make no real sense. A sitting president tried to break into his opponent’s headquarters and then resigned from office. We have seen corrupt politicians, immoral public figures, and rampant corporate greed. We have witnessed mass murders. 

All of these have been brought into our homes in full color by the news media who seem to believe that the right to show and tell everything is the same as an obligation to show and tell everything. 

Life is not happy, many boomers have concluded. We don’t believe in fairy tales anymore and we’ve lost our confidence in happily ever after. Happy endings are so unrealistic as not to be believable. 

Still, I like happy endings. When I read a novel, I am entering into another person’s world, perhaps at a different time in history, in a place I’ve never been. The hero may be doing things I’ve never done. I get to know the characters. I come to care about them. I do not want anything bad to happen to my hero. 

If I want to feel depressed, I can tune in to CNN. The news this week focuses on chemical attacks in Syria. Hundreds of noncombatants have been killed. I can feel sad for people who I do not know and have never met. 

When I open a novel, though, I am not reading the Times. I am reading neither an autobiography, nor an historical account. I do not want the author of my novel to draw me into the story, only to leave me feeling depressed, or sad, or angry. I may be reading the novel, in fact, to escape from the world around me. I want a happy ending. 

Perhaps more important than a happy ending, however, is a satisfactory ending. 

Alan Watt, in his book, The 90 Day Novel, writes that the hero of a story is attempting to get something that he wants – the girl, a new job, a blue ribbon. He also writes that the hero has a need, which is bigger than what he wants, and the hero believes that what he wants will satisfy the need. The boy who chases the girl may really need love, and he believes that she will love him. The one who looks for a new job may really need recognition and thinks that it will come with the position. Winning the blue ribbon may be an attempt to obtain the acceptance that the hero believes will follow an outstanding performance. 

It seems to me that the hero must get what he wants if the story is to have a happy ending.

In some stories, the hero does not get what he wants – no happy ending – but he does find a way to satisfy his need. This is a recipe for a satisfactory ending. 

In the motion picture, The Titanic, Rose is a young lady sailing to America where she will marry. Her family is forcing her into the marriage, and she does not care for her fiancé. Jack is a poor boy sailing to America to make a better life for himself. They fall in love and want to marry. 

Had the story ended with their arrival in New York and their marriage, it would have had a happy ending. We would have assumed that they lived happily ever after. 

However, the Titanic strikes an iceberg and the ship sinks. Jack dies in the icy water of the north Atlantic, while Rose is rescued. She eludes the family members and her fiancé who search for her among the survivors. She gives a false name to immigration officials. She begins a new life. She does the things that she and Jack had talked of doing. She marries, she has children and grandchildren. Although she always cherishes her memory of Jack, she has a good life. 

What Rose needed was freedom – freedom from her parents, freedom from her fiancé, freedom to build her life as she wants it to be. During the voyage, marriage to Jack seemed like the path to satisfy her need. While she was not able to follow that particular path, she did find her freedom. 

The ending was not happy, but it was satisfactory. 

In one sense, a satisfactory ending is better than a happy one, because getting what one wants may provide only short-term happiness – marriage to Jack may not have been as wonderful as Rose imagined it would be. Getting what one needs provides continuing satisfaction – Rose was free for the rest of her life. 

A story may have a happy ending. It may have a satisfactory ending. The very best stories have both.

About the Author:

David Burnett lives near Charleston, South Carolina, where he walks on the beach almost every day and photographs the ocean, the sea birds, and the marshes that he loves. Three of his four books are set in Charleston, and he has always enjoyed the Carolina beaches.

David enjoys photography and has pho
tographed subjects as varied as prehistoric ruins on the islands of Scotland, star trails, sea gulls, and a Native American powwow. He and his wife have traveled widely in the United States and the United Kingdom. During trips to Scotland, they visited Crathes Castle, the ancestral home of the Burnett family near Aberdeen, and Kismul Castle on the Isle of Barra, the home of his McNeil ancestors.

He reports that he went to school for much longer than he wants to admit, and he has graduate degrees in psychology and education. He and his wife have two children and a blue-eyed cat named Bonnie.

For more information about David Burnett please visit his website. Or visit him on Facebook, Twitter and Goodreads.


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