Thursday, 16 July 2015

'Down the Rabbit Hole'.... Dive in if you dare as Holly Madison tells all!

If expectations fit like clothing, then this book would be a glove, albeit a glove picked up from the floor of a porn set....icky, sticky and unsavory. But what else would you expect from a book detailing life in the Playboy Mansion?

What you might not expect is for the book to also be sad and maddening, written as it is, from the perspective of a woman who is escaping from her own personal 'Stockholm Syndrome' past.

Full of juicy gossip and first hand revelations, Holly Madison (former 'number one girlfriend' of Hugh Hefner) pulls no punches in her memoir. While I cannot confidently say she tells it like it is, she certainly tells it like she saw it.

Sometimes self serving (Holly often describes her talent, work ethic and kindness - in contrast to others) and other times full of self recrimination, "Down The Rabbit Hole' attempts to explain, though never justify, how a small town girl from a healthy and happy Alaskan upbringing ended up believing herself in 'love' with a 76 year old man who treated her like a child.

A 76 year old man who happily and openly had sexual relations with other young woman (so long as they were not over the age of 28, that is!).

It is only late in the retelling that Holly really seems to grasp the reality of the strangeness of her time in the PB mansion, when she comes across a framed picture of her posing naked with her Bunny Contemporaries in a mansion room.
Remembering the shoot as being fun and playful and sexy and wonderful, she is surprised to see the picture now as explicit and embarrassing. At this time is seems that the 'Bunny Goggles' have finally and completely slid off and she can see the true sordidness behind the Bunny culture.

As a memoir, 'Down the Rabbit Hole' is biased and sometimes aggressive, but it is also brave and unflinching. Read it for the juicy scandal and the frankly astounding insight into life within the Playboy Mansion.

Holly may not always be lovable, but she is certainly always readable!

"Down the Rabbit Hole: Curious Adventures and Cautionary Tales of a former Playboy Bunny' is available for purchase from via the following link:

'Down the Rabbit Hole' By Holly Madison

Happy reading!

Monday, 27 April 2015

Staying Lost in Fantasy Land....

Recently I have been quiet on the Book Review front, though I confess, I have read some really great books.
I have even read some really really great series and yet I have not shared any of page turning discoveries.

Truth is I have been a little bit nervous about revealing the extent of my fantasy fiction addiction, which is kind of awkward because for the last month or so I have wanted to do nothing more than escape from the here and now into plots where reality is wonderfully skewed, if not completely absent....

The good news is I am ready to emerge from Fantasy Land and I am bringing with me a bag of books and feature authors tempting enough to lure you away from the mundane and deliver you squarely into your own alternate bookish world.

If you are ready to roll into fantasy land read on.....

If blame for my extended silence needs to be assigned, then this is the book that needs to take responsibility!

Rich and riveting (like it's gorgeous cover art) this novel trapped me in its' snare from the outset.

Grace Draven builds a tense and enthralling fantasy thriller with a powerful and sexy hero (think 'hubba hubba' sexy nerd) and a heroine who has strong appeal based on much more than beauty (in fact she is so plain as to be physically forgettable).

With the fallen God 'Corruption' intent on stealing his soul and 'The Conclave' (those who rule the use of magic) equally desirous of destroying his life, 'Silhara' (The Master of Crows) finds himself rapidly approaching destruction. Possession or death promising to take him painfully and permanently.

Can romance and help come in the form of a Conclave spy? You bet it can, and Martise, her of the plain face and mesmerising voice enters his world.

At this point the reader can only sit back and hold on for crackling attraction, soul eaters and a God who drips with menace and reeks of rot.

'Master of Crows' dropped me fair and square into a love affair with Grace Draven..... and this is why I have decided to feature more of her work (read in a frenzy over a number of long days and nights) in future fantasy posts.

If you are willing to take the risk of entering, and perhaps losing yourself in Fantasy Land, then
'Master of Crows' is available for purchase from via the following link.

'Master of Crows' By Grace Draven

All purchases made via this link with go to support the reading and reviewing addiction of Little Miss Kindle!

Monday, 2 March 2015

'Wild' By Cheryl Strayed: Be Inspired to reboot your life!

Some books inspire you to cuddle up under and blanket and just read, other books have you itching to get outside and discover life; and wonderfully, some books do both!

Half way through 'Wild' I found myself daydreaming about adventures and epic life changing journeys I could make (many of them completely unachievable but equally compelling) in my own dusty, cobweb filled hiking boots.

Part of the attraction, for me, as well as for the author and trekker Cheryl Strayed, was the idea of being completely alone.

Alone to decipher the world and our place in it.

Who hasn't hit a wall in life and wanted to step outside of it to make sense of things, to decide what needed encouragement and what a full stop?

There are not many of us who have had the chance, or the courage, to take the first step of such a journey and I admit it is inspiring to read the memoir of one who did.

Cheryl Strayed hiked eleven hundred miles of the Pacific Crest Trail not only as a challenge to her physical body, but to put physical distance between herself and the tangled mess her life had become since the death of her Mother.

While not all Strayed's life choices make her a role model, her courage and tenacity (and her ability to live off $20 a fortnight) certainly do! I loved this book for the adventurous spark it lit in my belly and for the joy of watching someone 'get their stuff' together in the space of one beautifully buoyant and inspirational book.

'Wild' is available for purchase from via the following link:

'Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail.'

Make sure you enjoy the journey :)

Sunday, 22 February 2015

A Public Service 'Great Series Reminder'

A small and timely reminder for those who have hesitated over diving into the amazing 'In Death' series by J D Robb.

I have just finished reading books 5 through to nine in a row; in a ROW PEOPLE! I am currently suffering no symptoms of character fatigue or paragraph deja vu.

Is this even possible!

If you are still looking for a great crime series with added readable/ steamy romance, this is it.

My advice, grab hold and don't let go.

All of the series are available for purchase from via the following link:

'In Death' By J D Robb

To read my previous more detailed review of the series, click on the link below :)

'Little Miss Kindle' In Death Review