No Regrets, Claire Kent
Review from jeannie zelos book reviews
I was so excited to see this, I loved, and have re read Claire’s “Escorted” a couple of times now, and was hoping for another sexy romance. Well, its a good book but for me it doesn’t have quite the drama and emotion of “Escorted”.
Leslie, ah she was a good woman, hardworking and solid, loves her friends but her love life is sadly lacking….then on taking her elderly spaniel to the vet she meets Josh, the new vet.
He’s hot and later when she’s in the park, still upset over Polly’s necessary but sad end, Josh finds her while he’s out running…and they end up having some hot and heavy sex…
She thinks it’s a one off, but a few days later out with friends one night they bump into him again, and she ends up back with him, after a quickie in the ladies!! Josh though make sit very clear he doesn’t want romance, doesn’t do attachments, and though she’d love all of that her vows this year were to go for it – attack life with no regrets, so they embark on a really sexy, sensual Friends with Benefits affair having some erotic heated moments, doing things Leslie never thought she would.
Then that time comes, when things go wrong, stuff is said that can’t be taken back, and I really felt for poor Leslie here. They part on good terms, but she’s so sad, and is full of doubt whether that was the right action to take. She did the right thing though in my opinion…she’d be cheating herself if she carried on. Josh has solid reasons for his no commitements stance, and she can’t see them changing even though she understands why, and doesn’t think he’ll be happy that way. Can they find a way back though?
Well, its beautifully written and full of hot and erotic sex, allied with some gentle and subtle moments. I didn’t get to wallow enough over the breakup though, and I need that ….need that sense of deep loss, that makes redemtion and comeback so much sweeter.
Stars: Four, loved the story but needed a bit more on the sad side for a five star read. ARC supplied via Netgalley
Loving It Raw: Understanding the Raw Food Diet Jennifer Wells
Review from jeannie zelos book reviews
A while back I reviewed a book of recipes based around a raw food diet. It was interesting and some sounded mouth-watering – it’s not all plain fruit and vegetables but delicious nut milks, smoothies, dips and dehydrated cakes and bread style foods. It didn’t really tell me how to incorporate raw foods into a daily regime though – this book does.
There’s a few simple recipes to get the reader started, but the main crux of the book is about why and how to incorporate raw foods into one’s lifestyle. What I found really interesting were the argumenta for and against. It was good to see the “cons” set out honestly, and not glossed over. Like all diets there are risks with raw foods and one needs to balance them against the benefits. Life is all about risk assessment and armed with honest information, and advice on how to minimize risk its easier to make a decision. Full marks to Jennifer for including this section – it would be easier to pretend its all beneficial but when an author is honest I’m far more inclined to trust his/her words.
The link between cooked foods and certain illnesses was interesting. I knew that, for instance, BBQ foods and its burned edges has been linked to carcinogenic properties, and yet every summer people get out the BBQ at the first hint of sun. If we accept that risk why then make a fuss about the very few raw food risks. The benefit certainly outweighs it to my mind, and shouldn’t put anyone wanting to go raw food off.
For anyone looking to add raw foods into their lifestyle, even if just part of their diet, this book is packed with sensible, down to earth advice on the practical side. It’s not a “diet” in the accepted sense, but more a healthier way of eating. It’s well worth buying and reading to help you decide why and how to do it.
Stars: Five, it’s a short read, but very honest and practical.
ARC supplied via author.