Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Tempting Tuesday ~ Chapters 5-8

Woot!  Here we are for week two of our Some Girls Bite read-along!  Hope you enjoyed last week's answers.  Tina from Tina's Book Reviews is hosting this week with the questions for Chapters 5-8.

1. In what is a make you blush, steamy scene in the book- Chapter 5 has Ethan and Merit sharing a few hot moments after Merit's hunger strikes...that is until Ethan becomes a total cad! What do you think of him so far? Strong, masterful vampire, conceited playboy.....lover boy in disguise?

MUHAHAHAHA, oh Ethan, you friggin' dumbass.  If vamps are going to go public, perhaps they ought to familiarize themselves with modern attitudes, no?  Poor Merit, being asked to stand in as an official mistress?  I'd be gobsmacked, too!  I generally like Ethan, but this is not one of his better moments.  I mean, c'mon, ewwwwwww!  Nothing says love like putting you on the sexual satisfaction payroll.  How romantic!  I guess 'relationship' is not in a Master Vampire's lexicon.  I'm sure he didn't think of it as an insult, but man, mistress?  That's cold.

Maybe he should've started with coffee?

2. Merit and Mallory begin some major training in these next few chapters, resulting in cool Katana Sword facts and Ninja moves. What is the most physically challenging or adrenaline fueled event/activity you have participated in?

Don't laugh, but I for real hurt myself doing Pilates.  I was lying on my back doing some sort of leg stretches where you keep your leg straight and gently pull it towards your face as much as you can, and I heard and felt a pop!  I immediately felt pain behind my knee (and nausea - I don't deal well with this stuff), and I couldn't straighten my leg.  It swelled up and I had to have an MRI. Turned out that I pulled my meniscus in my knee and tore some tissue.  It's okay know but acts up when my knee is in one position for too long.

Haha, that wasn't the most mentally challenging, though!  That one just had the worst outcome!  I actually used to rock climb - the shoes, the chalk and the harness, and that kicked my ass, big time.  It used my entire body AND helped me deal a little with my fear of heights.  I had to zip line off the top of a tower, too, and THAT was the most challenging.  I was scared to death. I was bawling my eyes out at the top, and a group of five-year olds shamed me into going through with it with their chanting: "Go, Lindsay, Go!"  Color me humbled. 

Speaking of katana swords, here's a lil snippet of a Merit inspired conversation with my hubs from last week.  Enjoy:

Me: So I think I want to take a self-defense or beginner's martial arts class
Le Hubs: like Roseanne? Poke eyes and knee some guy in the groin?  But seriously, why?
Me: because I've wanted always to (kick ass, that is). And you won't let me have a katana so this is the next best thing.
Le Hubs: fine with me
Me: If I'm good at it, can I get a sword?
Le Hubs: no swords
Me: you have a gun, and we have a boning knife. I should have a sword to smite mine enemies with
Le Hubs: I don't have a gun...I have a Kentucky rifle that takes about 20 minutes to load and is 50 pounds...and it's not even in the house
Me: So what's your dysfunctional gun have to do with my kick-ass sword? If I am going to be a proper samurai, I need a sword. You can't argue with logic, babe. It just is.

I rest my case.

3. Mallory and Catcher have sparks so intense they almost fly off the page.....what do you think of this cozy couple? Did you like the insta-love between them? Do they add to the story?

That wasn't love, that was totally lust!  And Cather, wow!  At least Mallory uses her lust judiciously, hehe.  I think it became love, though.  It was a convenient storyline, but it was a hilarious one, so I didn't mind.  Like Mallory, I get the allure of a guy who won't put up with bullshit (hence, my husband).  Plus, um, Cather. . .  yeah, boyfriend needs his own series, don't you think?

4. Lets talk Bff's....Mallory is hands down a terrific friend to Merit, the girls relationship is real, down to earth and fun....not to mention hysterical. What is your favorite memory or favorite thing to do with your bff? Feel free to share pics!

HAHAHA, I wouldn't tell some stories publicly in a million years!  BUT, I had a grand adventure with her when we were on a school trip to Quebec City in Canada during high school.  We were seniors, and we snuck away to this beautiful, picture perfect little cafe where we had wine and desert.  Neither of really had much alcohol before, so we felt like we were being so bad, especially since we would've been suspended if caught.  And, as we were in a little French cafe, we felt like we were so sophisticated, as well.  Ahhhh, I miss those days!  Still one of my fondest memories, and anytime we are together and we see a print of Van Gogh's Cafe Terrace At Night, we just look at each other and smile.  Over ten years later, and she's still my bestie.

5. Things are starting to heat up in the mystery department...the set up at Red, Morgan's flirty appearance.... Catchers vague answers......as correlation day gets closer for Merit do you think someone is out to get her...or maybe recruit her to another house? Or PS- feed her some more food...because goodnight this girl likes to eat!!!

Honestly, I had no idea as I read, and I actually thought the connections between it all turned out to be one of the weaker points of the plot.  Did I think someone was out to get Merit?  Seemed that way to me.  I really have never bought that her being attacked was a random act of violence, so we shall see!

That's it for the questions on chapters 5-8!  Join us next Tuesday for more Chicagoland Vampires goodness!   Also, be sure to also check out Tina's request for help and support of her best friend's family as they care for their beautiful, but terminally ill daughter.  Please keep them in your thoughts.

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