Top Ten Tuesday – Favorite Fictional Presidents

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke & The Bookish.  This week is an election-based freebie, so I’m going with my favorite fictional Presidents.

I only have 7, but here they are:

7. Jack Stanton (John Travolta) in Primary Colors. This was clearly a mock on Bill Clinton, and Travolta played this role so well. He’s hard to like yet hard to hate…

6. Selina Meyers (Julia Louis Dreyfus) in Veep. She wasn’t President for very long, but this foul-mouthed Democrat is hilarious and JLD is very worthy of her 6-straight Emmy’s.

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5. Thomas Whitmore (Bill Pullman) in Independence Day. Who doesn’t love a President who is also an ex-fighter pilot? He gave one of the best speeches in a movie, ever!

4. Dave Kovic (Kevin Kline) in Dave. This is such a great movie. The president is a cheating douche and his doppelgänger steps in to save the day.
3. David Palmer (Dennis Haysbert) from 24.  Oh President Palmer, miss you! Such a great character overall, added to the fact that he was a president. Love him!!
2. Andrew Shepard (Michael Douglas) in The American President. My top 2 picks were both written by Aaron Sorkin. He writes such amazing characters. President Shepard gives an amazing speech at the end of this movie. It was the ultimate mic drop before those existed.
1. Jed Bartlet (Martin Sheen) from The West Wing. One of my favorite TV characters of all time is Jed Bartlet. This entire cast was amazing, but Jed Bartlet was the best. Hands down.
Who is your favorite fictional president?
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Book Review – The Fortunate Ones by R.S. Grey

Goodreads Summary

fortunate onesAt Twin Oaks Country Club, there are the fortunate ones, and then there are the rest of us: the waiters, the caddies, the valets, and in my case, the cabana girls. Most days, I’m poolside in a pleated skirt, dishing out margaritas to tycoons and titans. It’s not exactly my dream job, but it does come with one perk…

James Ashwood.

He’s my silver lining in a custom black suit.

Besides being a legacy member at the club, he’s a tech mogul and Austin’s most eligible bachelor. Oh, and those dimples? Yeah, they make my stomach dip too.

On good days, I catch his sleek Porsche winding down the tree-lined drive. On better days, I steal a glimpse of his handsome profile as we pass in the hall. And on the absolute best day, I find him alone at the bar, looking for company.

“Come have a seat.”

Those four little words set me down a path I never could have imagined. Private planes, penthouse suites, and temptations around every corner make it impossible to keep my distance. His world feels decadent and wild—but overindulgence comes with a cost. Every kiss comes with strings. Every erotic encounter is a promise I’m not ready to keep.

When I pump the brakes, he hits the gas. James doesn’t want to go slow—he wants a commitment.

And the thing about the fortunate ones?

They’re used to getting what they want.

Rating

3 1/2 out of 5 stars

Review

I have very much enjoyed R.S. Grey’s previous books, but this one wasn’t that great for me. Why? Brooke, the female lead.

Brooke is 25 and wants to make it on her own, despite coming from money. She lives in a co-op with a bunch of stoner types and works as a cabana girl at a country club.  She’s fluent in French and Spanish and would like to find a job where she can live with a family and teach French. She lost her last Au Pair job because she was “too pretty”, a point we were hammered over the head with during the book.

One of the perks of Brooke’s job is she can drool over James Ashwood, the owner of a tech company and millionaire. I liked James. He was a little aloof, and I think the book would have been MUCH better had it been told from James POV as well (instead of only Brooke’s).

The romance in this book is SLOW to develop. There is an 11-year age difference between Brooke and James. Not normally a big deal, but Brooke is REALLY immature. She and James end up spending a lot of time apart, and when she’s back, he’s really quick to forgive and forget. I had a hard time buying that.

I also found Brooke’s sister Ellie to be very annoying. She was older than Brooke and also very immature. I didn’t love the country club setting as the main location in the book either.

The biggest problem though was James was not fully developed as a character. He clearly had a backstory that made him aloof and standoff-ish, but we never learned what that was. As I said before, having the story be told from his POV would have made him much more understandable.

Overall, this book fell flat. I do like this author though, and I will continue to read her books.

Happy reading.

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WWW Wednesday

WWW is a weekly meme hosted by Taking on a World of Words.

The Three Ws are:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?


What I’m Currently Reading

I tried reading Always My Girl by Samantha Chase and the hero was a total douche. I’m done with the series. So I’m currently reading nothing.


What I Recently Finished

lucas Not my favorite in the series; didn’t connect with the female lead.


What I Plan to Read Next


What is on your list this week?

Happy reading.

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October Wrap Up

Wow, 2017 is really flying by! I’m not sure what happened this past month, but my reading was way down.  I’m hoping to pick my pace out now that it’s getting colder (Midwest late fall, have to love it).

Read

Favorite book this month: Most Valuable Playboy

Least favorite books this month: The Surprise (not pictured but horrible)

Watched

I started watching Mindhunter on Netflix. It’s based on a true story about the FBI agents who helped create criminal profiling. It doesn’t have a lot of big name stars but it’s really interesting. I’m about halfway through.

I also started season 2 of Stranger Things. So far I’m loving it, but with the World Series going into seven games, my husband is wanting to watch that and not Netflix. It’s over after today, so ST will be done by this weekend:)

Accomplishment

I completed my reading goal for the year!

reading challenge

Hope everyone had a happy Halloween!

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Book Review – Lucas by Sawyer Bennett

Goodreads Summary

lucasLucas Fournier is only serious about one thing: hockey. The league’s fun-loving charmer, Luc is always up for a good prank or a great lay, and he has no intention of settling down. But being traded to the Carolina Cold Fury—and to play alongside his big brother, Max—is no joke. With another title in sight, the last thing Luc wants is to let his new teammates down. To succeed, Luc will need to keep his head in the game and the most . . . er, demanding member of his anatomy in check. But when temptation hits, Luc hits back harder.

Museum curator Stephanie Frazier has always put business before pleasure, which just about explains her nonexistent sex life. But when Stephanie meets Luc at a champagne-fueled gala, she finds herself flirting like crazy—and going home with the uninhibited athlete. For one night, she learns what passion is all about. She just never counted on the little surprise Luc leaves behind. And that’s when things really start to get . . . interesting.

Rating

3.5 out of 5 stars

Review

Book 8 in the Cold Fury Hockey series is about Lucas Fornier, brother to Max (book 6). Luc has recently been traded to the team and he’s excited to be playing with his brother, and to be closer to him and his fiancée and their adopted kids. After getting to town, Luc attends a charity gala and meets Stephanie Frazier, and they hook up.

Fast forward four weeks. Based on the blurb above, I’m sure you can figure out what the little surprise is. Stephanie had a really bad childhood. She grew up with wealthy parents who didn’t care about her. This really affected her, as it should. But…

Her self-loathing got really old really fast.  “I’m broken”, “I can’t love”, blah, blah blah. I totally agree that your childhood can shape who you are, but you are ultimately in control of your happiness. It took Stephanie a LONG time to figure this out.

One thing about this series that I don’t love – the lack of hockey. This is a series about a hockey team, and there is very little time in these books focused on the ice. As a hockey fan, I would like to see more hockey in this books.  A lot more hockey.

Sadly, because I couldn’t really connect with Stephanie, I didn’t love this book as much as others in the series. I also feel that given the heavy nature of Roman, the Bannon’s should have been featured even a little. And they weren’t.

I am looking forward to Van’s book. I liked the epilogue so it’s going to be good!

Happy reading.

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Top Ten Tuesday – Favorite costumes from “The Office”

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke & The Bookish blog.

This week’s topic is a Halloween related freebie. I’m reusing last year’s post because it’s still my favorite:)

My favorite costumes from The Office

Pam – Olive Oil

Jim never got into the Halloween spirit – until Pam.

pam-olive-oilDwight – The Joker

It should be noted that Creed wore the same costume that year.

dwight-jokerJim – Face Book

As I said above, Jim wasn’t much into Halloween.

facebooksMichael – MacGruber

Michael dressed as SNL character MacGruber.

michael-mcgruberGabe – Lady Gaga

Despite my hatred of Gabe, he made a good Gaga.

gabe-gagaKevin – Charlie Brown

Kevin really didn’t need a costume for Charlie Brown!

kevin-charlie-brownPam – Charlie Chaplin/Hitler

When Pam removed her hat, she was Hitler.  Hilarious.

pam-chaplinAndy – George Michael

Andy made a great George Michael.

andy-george-michaelDarryl – Dracula

darryl-draculaMichael – Two Headed Michael

This was a strange costume.

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Happy Tuesday.

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WWW Wednesday

WWW is a weekly meme hosted by Taking on a World of Words.

The Three Ws are:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?


What I’m Currently Reading

I’m having a hard time reading this week for some reason. I was reading Boss Girl by Lily Kate, by it’s not keeping my interest.  Just got a long-awaited book from the library I’m going to start (see below…)


What I Recently Finished

this time is different Enjoyed this. 53-year old man meets 39-year old woman. Both have kids. Not a ton of drama, just a nice story.

Only one book the past week. Pretty sad. Been catching up on my DVR and watching Netflix more…


What I Plan to Read Next


What is on your list this week?

Happy reading.

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