Date Night @ Winter Wonderland – Blogmas Day 7

So last week the man in my life took me to Winter Wonderland (at my request of course!) and after trundling around in the cold for what seemed like forever and a day we indulged in Glühwein and penguin tossing. That may sound weird to some but it really was fun and I ended up walking away with a minion. Lucky me right! Check out some of the pictures from the event – it was incredibly romantic and very enjoyable. We even got a picture of us both together (You can see it on my instagram if you are a follower!).

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This seems to be the welcome sign – however we found it at the back of the park!

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We both love a minion so I couldn’t resist snapping this!

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Both being coffee fiends we decided to caffeinate ourselves early on in the night.
Sadly this stall really was lacking both customer services and decently made coffee.
Oh how I yearn for my cafetiere at home!

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Not being a great lover on Marzipan I did not purchase any of this delicious looking over priced confectionery.
Once again couldn’t resist taking a picture.

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A fairground of many colours and sizes was made available for all to enjoy (at a price of course!)
Tokens were available on every corner so you really could not miss out.
Looking back I wish I went on the bumper cars – when I was a youngster they were always my favourite!
What was your favourite fairground ride?

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Getting into the festive spirit a bit more this big guy was on display for all to see and pose with.

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This looked just beautiful and everyone coming in looked impressed.
Did you go in if you were there?

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On our travels we came across this game of wack a penguin – although it looks like it is called Flipping’ Penguins!
It was a lot of fun as the object of the game was to hit the little blue weight thing and propel a penguin onto one of the moving icicles.

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After a few goes I managed to get a penguin onto the main centre ice patch and cheers were had.
Of course I was more interested in my prize – A MINION (Finally!)

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Let the minion adventures begin!

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Isn’t this stall just gorgeous. The Colicci brand oozes style and class – check it out HERE

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We really should have got the delicious looking Churros from the Colicci stall but at the time we just weren’t hungry. Such a shame as these were quite greasy but the novelty factor lasted a little while.
Phil (our minion buddy!) seemed to enjoy them!

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How beautiful are these decorations – so christmassy obviously!

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Once again Phil is partaking in the fun and some delicious Mulled Wine.

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As mentioned before we managed to get a picture of us both!
Luckily there were no photo bombers behind us
(Phil was terrible to the people in front of us who had their picture taken – bad minion!)

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On our way out I couldn’t resist taking a picture of this beautiful arch as a goodbye to such a wonderful evening.

What a lovely date night right!!

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#IMWAYR

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Yet another Monday has rolled around and more pages have been read. This week has been quite slow on the reading front but as far as events go things have been quite colourful. As usual work is busy but my personal life has also picked up and I am extremely happy at the moment.

Books

Reviewed

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Check out my REVIEW here.

Finished

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Review will be up soon so keep your eyes peeled.

Currently Reading

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I am between reading and listening to this thanks to Audible & Gollancz

Fashion

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One of the events over the past couple of weeks was the Coast Spring/Summer 15 show and it was truly spectacular. My post about the event will be up this week so keep your eyes peeled.

For now however – this skirt is just gorgeous right!

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This week the Debenhams new S/S 15 line of clothes and homewares stole the show.
Once again my post will be up later in the week so keep those peepers open!

Life

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Homemade Fish Pie was had whilst snuggling up watching TV.

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Of course we couldn’t leave without a minion being won.
And just FYI I got it right in the centre of the game – #WINNING!

Now it is DECEMBER (Finally!) let’s start the Christmas countdown!

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So, What have you been up to?

Captivated By You Sleepover

Thanks to the lovelies at Penguin and Premier I was given the opportunity to enjoy a night of luxury and pure indulgence at The Ampersand Hotel in South Kensington. From Champagne and Strawberries to a bath filled with sensually fragrant bath salts the mood was set and the time was definitely right to delve into the deep dark lives of Eva & Gideon Cross once again. This event if you have not already figured out was for the launch of Sylvia Day’s next chapter of the Gideon & Eva whirlwind. The hashtag for the night was #CaptivatedByYouSleepover.

Myself and Catherine had a great girly night in whilst reading the awesome book.

 Here are a few pictures to show you how the night went!

FYI: I did not take my big camera with me and there are couple of blurry shots as I had my little camera with no flash – whoops!
Handy blogger tip: TAKE YOUR CAMERA WITH YOU EVERYWHERE AND IF YOU HAVE A COMPACT GET A FLASH!

My review of the book is up now – CHECK IT OUT.

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Beautiful bulbs on show for all to see.

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Check out the awesome room and the bed was oh so comfortable.

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What a lovely bunch of goodies to walk into after a long day at work!

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Reading for a bath with a glass of bubbly and the book.

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Not before a cheesy pic with my bestie (Catherine)

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Despite the blurriness you can still see the crisp, modern bathroom that we had the pleasure of using.
Between the two of us we managed to work the bath taps and run a nice ‘warm’ bath!

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These delightful smelling bath salts were part of the goody bag we had waiting for us on the bed on arrival.
Unfortunately neither of us managed to open them until the next morning when it was too late.
However on arriving home after work the next day they provided me with paramount relaxation.

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All ready to snuggle up and read for the rest of the evening.

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What girls night in at a luxurious hotel would be complete without Room Service and another bottle of bubbly.

Catherine got an awesome picture that really captured the fun we had that night – check it out.

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So as you can see we had an amazing night in thanks to the lovelies at Penguin and Premier. Also great thanks to the staff at The Ampersand Hotel in South Kensington.

Check out my review HERE and you will be able to grab a copy of the book from one of the links.

REVIEW: Captivated By You by Sylvia Day

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The Back of The Book

‘Gideon calls me his angel, but he’s the miracle in my life. My gorgeous, wounded warrior, so determined to slay my demons while refusing to face his own. The vows we’d exchanged should have bound us tighter than blood and flesh. Instead they opened up old wounds, exposed pain and insecurities, and lured bitter enemies out of the shadows.

I felt him slipping from my grasp; my greatest fears becoming my reality; my love tested in ways I wasn’t sure I was strong enough to bear. At the brightest time in our lives, the darkness of his past encroached and threatened everything we’d worked so hard for.

We faced a terrible choice: the familiar safety of the lives we’d had before each other or the fight for a future that suddenly seemed an impossible and hopeless dream . . .’

My Thoughts

Welcome back to the world of Dark & Dangerous. Eva and Gideon’s high-flying life of sexual anticipation and psychological deviation opens up to us sharing the next step of their joint adventure. Sylvia Day really is a master of mass market erotic fiction and this book is most definitely not a deviation from the usual hot and heavy pattern followed in previous books.

If you have yet to pick up a copy of Bared to You then NOW is the time to read it and the others! Gideon and Eva’s salaciously sexual tales are not one for the prudes out there as even I became red-faced whilst listening and reading this part of the series. One of the benefits of listening to parts of this book was the ability to let my imagination run a little further when listening to the rough low tones of the male reading Gideon’s parts of the book.

Every other chapter was read from the point of view of Gideon or Eva, this was a great way to take in the story as it gave more of a well-rounded version of the story. The only downside of listening was whenever the female narration took over and she read the male parts of the chapter her voice was slightly annoying. The way around this was reading the female parts and listening to Gideon’s chapters. Sorted!

Although the storyline seems to jump around a bit the majority is extremely easy to keep up with and not too predictable. Between the pleasure they give each other and the pain they suffer through the consuming love they share this story goes stride in stride with the young troubled couple and introduces you to yet another part of their dynamic lives together. In each book the title does make an appearance and this book really does show just how captivated by each other the young couple are.

This book really shows Gideon opening up and trusting Eva more with his life – past and present. Although he is like a wild bear when losing control with the trust forever growing his control parameters are stretching to include his wife. Gideon’s vulnerability is there for the world to see and he is hanging on by a thread wondering whether his world will come crashing down or get slowly better. With Eva’s past under control Gideon’s starts to rear up and pushes many buttons that always lead to sexual encounters that will make you want to run to the bedroom and well – enough said.

Unlike other mass market erotica despite the use of the word irritating use of the word ‘sex’ in place of vagina or c . . . it is most definitely not overused and put in just at the right time. Whenever sex takes over the current scene of reading the description is ferociously raw but incredibly sincere. So much so when either read or listened senses are heightened.

Overall this is a book that I can see myself reading again in the near future after re-reading the others of course. Most definitely worth the time to read – although be prepared that you will be ignoring your daily life whilst the story takes over as it really will captivate you and keep you in place. It really is a touching story of a couple that would do literally anything for each other and to keep each other.

Go on, you know you want to! 

Get your copies from the links below:

Amazon

Barnes & Noble

Waterstones

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