Tea of the Day: Bigfoot: A blend by Ariel Taylor with Adagio Teas
Description: Wooly limbs among a thicket of berries–rooibos berry with Pu-erh hazelberry and rooibos almond.
Dry tea smells strongly of berries followed by a earthier, richer smell.
Liquor is a lovely deep red-brown in the cup
Steeped tea smells like berries and chocolate, with a nutty flavor to it.
Tea Tastes first of berries, followed by a richer, nuttier flavor. Sugar is not needed but does not hurt; it simply changes the dynamic of the flavors, making the berry flavor and nut flavors stronger and slightly more blended.
Tea Rating: 4.5/5
Book Review: Wicked deeds on a Winter’s Night by Kresley Cole
Back of the book blurb: This seductive paranormal series continues with a brutal Highland werewolf and an exquisite young witch, adversaries with a blood vendetta between them.
Her breathless kiss haunts him…
Bowen MacRieve of the Lykae clan was nearly destroyed when he lost the one woman meant for him. The ruthless warrior grew even colder, never taking another to his bed—until a smoldering encounter with his enemy, Mariketa the Awaited, reawakens his darkest desires. When sinister forces unite against her, the Highlander finds himself using all his strength and skill to keep her alive.
His slow, hot touch is irresistible…
Temporarily stripped of her powers, Mari is forced to take refuge with her sworn adversary. It’s rumored that no one can tempt Bowen’s hardened heart, but soon passion burns between them. Though a future together is impossible, she fears he has no intention of letting her go.
No deed is too wicked for her seduction…
If they defeat the evil that surrounds them, can Mari deny Bowen when he demands her body and soul—or will she risk everything for her fierce protector?
What I didn’t like: Not a whole lot, actually. Of course, I could complain about the somewhat formulaic nature of the book (the couple is thrown together, they have conflict, they resolve it, they’re in love) but there are two things that stay that particular complaint: the story isn’t quite that simple and the characters are just too interesting
What I did like: Everything. I feel like as the series goes on, the underlying story that ties everything together gets more and more interesting, and that lends a complexity to each book’s story that you wouldn’t expect from a romance series. Plus, as the story gets more complex the characters also seem to get more relatable. This novel had a slower burn on the romance aspect of the story, for very good reasons, and it was absolutely worth the wait. Plus, I accidentally read about half of it twice due to misplacing the book and its bookmark, but I found that having read it before took nothing away from it. So far in the series, this and the previous one are my favorites and I will very likely be reading them again.
Book Rating: 5/5. If you haven’t started this series yet (and you like romance), get on it!