At Least He Smells Good.

This Weakness For You

This Weakness For You by Wendy Sparrow

Okay, so what would you do if you walked into a room full of people and all of a sudden fell in love with a person based on their smell alone?

That’s what happens when Jordan, a physically awe-inspiring lycan/werewolf scent-matches to this small, spitfire of a human woman named Christa, who just happens to be the sister of the man he tried to kill…a couple of times. When he realizes whats happening, he pretty much leaves the room with the equivalent of an “Aw, hell.” Of course, after a few chapters, the heroine brings him to heel (haha, get it–a werewolf brought to heel). Even though Christa has multiple sclerosis and is at times physically weak, the spunk and inner strength that romance readers love to have in a heroine is present in full spades. Of course, as the alpha male in a lycan pack, Jordan can be quite sexy in a slightly eye-rolling, domineering sort of way, so it’s nice to have him “trained” by Christa on how to be a more sensitive, loving husband. As every romance reader knows, the man always has to be taken down a peg or two by the female. Don’t worry, Jordan doesn’t get horse–err, wolf-whipped too much.

Just published today, This Weakness For You by Wendy Sparrow is quite the fun read that only got better as the story progressed. I admit there were times I had to stop and reread a few paragraphs since all of a sudden I’d be a little lost, but perhaps in my exuberance to read the novel, I read it a bit too quickly and missed some plot details. I don’t generally have that problem, but who knows? I’d still wholeheartedly recommend this paranormal romance to others–I literally had to stop reading it sometimes so that I could share some hilarious lines with my husband. I’m debating whether or not to paw through the story (I’m having fun with these werewolf puns) to share a couple of my favorite lines–I hate to ruin the surprise and humor for readers though since those lines are like golden nuggets waiting to be discovered.

Aww heck, this one was pretty funny and won’t spoil the plot!

“You know, I thought I’d seen everything in ’Nam, but a naked man running through the forest carrying a semiautomatic…that’s new.”

Apparently this is the second book in the Taming the Pack series, which I didn’t realize when I received my advanced reader’s copy from Entangled Publishing in exchange for an honest review.  No worries–you don’t have to read the first book to fully understand this book, but it still might be nice to read them in the order they were written!

I hope you enjoy!

(Credit for the wolf feature image goes to here.)

Horseshoe Bend

Alone With God, Nature, and… Bobcats?!?

It was a dark and cold night. Well,  at least I knew it would be after the sun went down. The family and I had just returned to the hotel after rafting down the Colorado River in Glen Canyon when I remembered that Greg wanted to try and capture the sunset overlooking Horseshoe Bend (a part of the Colorado River that we had rafted down earlier that day). Normally, I’m the photographer in the family, but Greg has developed an interest (ahem, stolen my hobby) in photography lately. Even though I was literally falling asleep upright in a chair, I summoned the willpower to get up since I adore shooting landscape shots.

After a short drive outside of Page, AZ, Greg and I unloaded our new metallic hiking sticks and started racing across the undefined, sandy trail like some weird, clacking, prehistoric insects. Although there were a few people heading in the same direction as us, most people were walking back to their vehicles while there was still daylight available. We barely had time to set up the tripod before the sun dipped below the canyon rim.

Once I caught my breath (hey, hey, the air is thin at this elevation, okay?!?), the view of Horseshoe Bend was AMAZING. Unfortunately, in order to shoot the entire bend, you had to get precariously close to the 1,000-foot plus drop. Mom, Dad–if you’re reading this, just stop here since me getting close to any cliff edges seemed to freak you guys out on the trip. Anyways, for some reason, I’m not scared of cliff heights (building heights are another story), but I did make sure I stood on solid pieces of rock. I may have laid down flat by the cliffs edge, too, in order to try and capture some unique shots. Sadly, if I remember our rafting guide correctly, some people have died in years past when visiting the Horseshoe Bend overlook due to rock slides. Our guide said to be very careful of stepping on any sandstone that jutted out from the rest of the canyon wall since the stone could easily crumble and fall into the river below.

Horseshoe Bend right after the sun went down

It looks like a circle, but the Colorado River just curves like a horseshoe–hence the name, Horseshoe Bend!

As night (and the temperature) quickly descended, it wasn’t long until the other sunset photographers packed up and left. With no one else but a crazy, squeaking, canyon edge-darting mouse to keep us company, Greg and I remained under the starry sky experimenting with timed exposures and trying out a technique of using flashlights instead of the camera flash to illuminate nearby objects.

Playing with timed exposures and flashlights.

We waved around a flashlight to light up the rock in this timed exposure.

Finally, it became dark enough to see the Milky Way Galaxy, which as a hobbyist photographer I always have wanted a chance to capture. I’ve seen some amazing shots of the galaxy photographed in this area, but alas, those photographers used some crazy, expensive lenses. It still feels so surreal to have seen and photographed something so far away!

The best of my Milky Way shots outside of Page, Arizona.

“Or, I look out at the stars and the moon and the sun. and I see that there are billions and trillions of these great planets and suns out in space, hundreds of Milky Ways bigger than ours and something is back of that, and everything moving in perfect precision. And the whole thing could blow up. But it doesn’t; it keeps going. […] We know so many things that we didn’t know years ago. But something is there beyond man.” —  excerpt from “Billy Graham: Candid Conversations With a Public Man

After taking as much shivering as we could stand, Greg and I packed up and carefully started walking the three quarters of a mile hike back to the parking lot. Thankfully my Dad had reminded us to pack flashlights in our hurry to make it to the Bend before sunset; otherwise, we would have been in the pitch dark. As we walked with our hiking sticks primed to be used as weapons, we nervously scanned the vast emptiness surrounding us, keeping our ears peeled for any signs indicating we were not alone. I had hoped to see a bobcat on this trip, but I did not want to meet a hungry one at night up-close and personal. Apparently we were not as alone as we had thought the entire evening. Another couple that was hidden behind a rock not too far from us also started the journey back to the parking lot once they saw us leaving. Apparently, they were a little wary of the dark as well. I felt slightly bad that we must’ve been annoying the crud out of them as we waved our flashlights like crazy people in their general direction all evening!

Thankfully we made it back to the car safely with no wildlife encounters, as did the other hikers. Although Horseshoe Bend can be a bit dangerous at night, I’m glad we had a chance to experience the magic of being (mostly) alone with nothing but God and nature.