Demiurge: Blood of the Innocent by Michael R. Hagan

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Playing Doctor by Kate Allure

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3/5 stars.
ARC, e-book, 256 pages.
Read from December 18 to 26, 2014.

I’d like to thank Becca from Sourcebooks Casablanca and Netgalley for allowing me to read an advanced reader’s copy of this book! Publication date: January 6, 2015.

This erotica novel contains 3 short stories with a doctor-theme. Whether the main character is a doctor or the love interest is one, if you fantasize about anything to do with doctors, you might want to pick this book up.

The first story, I would say is by far the most romantic and, well different. Dr. Lauren Marks is in her mid-thirties and has just recently found herself divorced after her husband left without a goodbye one morning. The story revolves around her decisions to start living life for herself, and of course a hot new intern who happens to be way too young for her.  This story had the most character development in it and for once, I didn’t mind. The sex scenes weren’t stellar but Dr. Lauren’s character was ultimately what drew me into this story. She is smart, strong and independent and she makes some awesome decisions in this story in regards to her ex-husband and with her hot new intern.

The second story follows Valerie, who has recently required surgery on her ankle and happens to be hot for her surgeon. The downfall, she is married and loves her husband. However, her husband owes her a big favor and she decides to try to get permission from both men to join up for some threesome action. This story has the best sex scenes in it, by far! This story, for me, seemed to have found the perfect balance between character and the sex plot. I knew just enough about the characters to get involved in their story and then the rest was allllll sex!

The final story in this book related to someone my own age, which was nice for a change, which must mean I’m getting old! Nikki is in her mid-twenties and has just recently suffered a break-up, but her awesome friends force her out for a night on the town. At the bar, Nikki hits it off with a really good-looking guy named Hunter and unfortunately the night goes sour later on thanks to his friends so she never gets his digits. While she continued to think about the Hunter she never expected to see him again. However, while going in for her annual check-ups Nikki finds herself in an uncomfortable situation when Hunter shows up in the exam room as her doctor. I cared for this story the least, despite being closer in age to Nikki; the sex scenes were okay and it just got all too mushy and unrealistically romantic for me at the end.

Overall a decent erotica read with a nice mix of scenarios!

 

 

 

 

The Woman Who Changed Her Brain by Barbara Arrowsmith-Young

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3/5 stars.
Paperback, 288 pages.
Read from November 26 to December 07, 2014.

This book was given to me as a gift and it is a book that I wouldn’t have normally picked up as I don’t have any learning disorders (that I’m aware of). However, this book is inspirational for anyone that underestimates the power of their own brains and is proof that we are more capable of rewiring our brains to change our thoughts and even behaviors.

Barbara struggled immensely for most of her life due to severe learning disabilities. She could not understand complicated conversations as she couldn’t make basic associations as well as not being able to understand basic math or reading. Additionally she is severely uncoordinated and accident prone which also relates to her learning disabilities. However, she is blessed with a remarkable memory and can retain vast amounts of information which is what helps get her through many years of school.

After 26 years of struggles Barbara comes across some work done on a brain damaged solider who has managed to partially recover from his injuries, as well as some additional information on how a brain can be changed. Through her research and schooling Barbara began to create exercises for herself in order to get the parts of her brain functioning properly. After an extensive amount of training Barbara started to notice improvements in things that use to be a massive challenge for her. Her own improvements lead her to start a school to help other learning disabled people. The book goes into detail about Barbara’s personal story and improvements as well many of her student’s personal success stories. She also goes into details with how specific learning disabilities effect people and what is going on in their brains. Unfortunately, she doesn’t go into too many specifics about the exercises that bring about these remarkable changes but I suppose she can’t reveal her program in a book or her school wouldn’t be successful. With that being said, her work is so immensely important that it really should be revealed so that more people can start applying her tactics.

Barbara shows that learning disabilities are so common and that they can cause life long devastation’s. So many of those affected think that they’re stupid but really it’s that their brains are missing specific connections and, like any muscle, just needs to be worked on.

I was so remarkably impressed with the success stories in this book. It makes me believe that I am capable of accomplishing anything in terms of changing my behaviors. As someone who has had mental health issues, I know that the symptoms are sometimes very difficult to deal, I can however choose I am going to deal with them and I can work towards rewiring some of my current behaviors. I think there is so much we don’t know about the capabilities of our own brains and this book gives me hope that we can make massive improvements in terms of mental health and learning disabilities.