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About Satin Doll Cafe

My name is Gaetana Parris fashion designer, business owner and blogger. I have a passion for all things fashion and design related. I started my blog back in 2007 and over time is have evolved to not only about fashion, trends, design but the love for my business, reading and planning. So sit back and enjoy.

What We’re Reading: Russian Mob Chronicales

Reading List Posted on %PM, March 17 2020 04:38PM

I haven’t done one of these posts in ages but this series was so good that I had to share it. If you love a fast pace book that has tons of action then this series is for you.

Nikola: Russian Mob Chronicles is about a law intern and a Russian Mafia prince and all the things that can happen within any mafia.. Where a lot of authors would make one of these books and it would be broken up into 3 or more. This I could seriously see made into a action movie. From the characters to the settings. Shandi did an amazing job and I’m totally sad that the series is over. I’m glad there is a spin off but I want to know what happens next with these too.

I truly want to go into a honest review and give you all the details but what is the fun is that if I give it away. Let’s just say there is an happy ending in the end. The bad guy dies but in my opinion should of had a more horrible death then given. It should of been more drawn out. He got off too easy but that could be Scorpio in me talking. There is tons of guns, fights, sex, action and simply fast pace.

I’m definitely going to checkout more of Shandi Boyes books and series.I highly suggest that you check out this series and the rest of her books.

What We’re READING: Rosalind James

Reading List Posted on %AM, February 27 2018 10:35AM

I decide to do something I haven’t do at all in a while for today’s blog post and do a book related post. Since last year when I created my Reading List printable I wrote down every book and book series I wanted to finish since I got Kindle Unlimited for my birthday back in November. Since the start of the year I’ve been tackling the author Rosalind James books. Specifically her Escape to New Zealand series.

So this blog post is more of a highlight to the author because I love this series and I’m kind of sad because it’s coming to the end of it. The series consist of 11 books and I’m on book 10 (Just Say Yes, shown above). It takes place in New Zealand like duh. But it features members of the countries rugby team of the All Blacks. I know nothing of rugby since it’s not played at all really here in the U.S. but is big across Europe and etc. The women in the book sometimes feature some Americans or New Zealanders from all walks of life. Each plot is different and Rosalind James just has a way with her writing that takes you into the book. From the description of the places, the people and the situations. You become transfixed. I literally want to visit New Zealand. The rugby players would put our American football players to shame. I’m just saying.

She doesn’t just say oh he’s a rugby player. You actually learn the sport, the positions the players play, the terms and you’re literally on the field with these players. Rooting and hoping they make it to the championship. You become one of the WAGS in a way. Each woman has to overcome some sort of obstacles while she’s trying to navigate this crazy and sometimes fast paced relationship with this rugby player who is so strong and fierce and so sure of himself. There is always some huge obstacle that makes the relationship fall apart.Sometimes created by the characters or the situations they’re in. But nevertheless, they overcome them and come back together.

Rosalind James is a phenomenal writer and I can’t wait to start another one of her series. Definitely check her out. You won’t be disappointed.

What We’re READING: Too Hard to Forget

Reading List Posted on %AM, May 30 2017 11:53AM

I was recently in a reading slump and didn’t pick up a book or my Kindle for a month but I think it’s officially over. I was recently sent Too Hard to Forget by Tessa Baily by the publisher Hachette. I give it 5 out of 5 stars.smileysmileysmileysmileysmiley
The book features our two main characters Peggy who when they first meet is a college senior/popular cheerleader and Elliot aka. The Kingmaker. Who is the colleges legendary football coach who makes player that go to the NFL. Elliot first sees Peggy during a difficult time of his life when he wife dies suddenly and he’s left to raise his daughter alone. He blames himself because he chose his job/football over his family. Even though they both know a relationship of any kind is forbidden they still pursue one another. Which results in a year long secret relationship where Elliot forces Peggy to leave despite her wanting to stay after graduation. Their relationship was a fast pace, sex driven and pure lust which grew into love despite them both trying to fight it.

Speed forward to 3 years later. Peggy finally comes back to the college for alumni week where she wants to get back at Elliot for the way she has been the last 3 years since leaving. Which result in 4 failed relationships/engagements. She keeps her past engagement rings on a necklace that she never takes off. During those 3 years Elliot has thrown himself into football and pushed everyone away including his daughter with his cold and hard exterior. When he hears and then sees Peggy after so long it’s like life has been given back to him. Elliot is desperate to get Peggy back at all cost while Peggy wants to him to fall for her and then she walk away. Nevertheless, Peggy plan fails. Elliot manages to lift the burden that he put on her and she does the same for him. Elliot then goes on the mission to win Peggy over and for her to stay.Just when she thought Elliot wasn’t going to show for the alumni banquet he does and give a speech that Peggy wasn’t even expecting. One that won her over literally.She finally got the right proposal.

This book is all about fate. The author did an amazing job of Elliot’s self loathing, religion and guilt. Which result in Peggy having a particular kink. Both character have a great depth to them. I normally hate flashbacks to the past but the author did these so well that I enjoyed going back 3 years and learning their story behind it all. In the end, I was cheering for Elliot and Peggy and was overjoyed when everything worked out.

It’s the third book in the series and I look forward to reading the rest. I highly recommend this book and author.

What We’re READING

Reading List Posted on %PM, March 24 2017 01:58PM

I’ve been slipping in and out of a reading slump since the end of last year. I have so many books to read but no ambition to read them. I bought I’m Judging You by Luvvie Ajayi around my birthday last November. Since I heard her on Myleik Teele’s Podcast I knew I had to get the book. Luvvie was HILARIOUS. I’ve been reading this book off and on since last year. I can usually finish a book within a week but for some reason I’ve been picking up and putting down this book.

Don’t get me wrong it’s GOOD but my mind just can’t stay focused enough to read it through. I have 86 more pages left and is determine to finish it before this month is over.

If you don’t know Luvvie by now you’ve been living underneath a rock. This book has reach the NY Times Best Sellers list. She’s doing speaking engagement all over the world including the White House. But enough about her because I can go on and on.

Luvvie touches every topic you can imagine from friendships to racism to rape to social media to business. She touches them all and then some. She tells it like it is and is funny while doing it. I read some of the reviews before opening it and just had to shake my head. Some people just don’t get it but it’s her opinion on these topics. She never said she was an EXPERT.

I really should of been keeping notes while reading this but there was so many times I had to stop and read my sister a couple of lines with tears in my eyes from laughing so much. A couple of times when she talked about racism I had to put the book down because what she was saying was so true and it had my blood boiling. She talks about the topics that people are too scared to talk about. That we all sometimes brush underneath the rug and hope it goes away but when you pull back the rug it’s still sitting right there. Even though I haven’t finished it I will tell you that you HAVE to read it. It’s a must read. I’m looking forward to her next book. I follow her on Instagram and Twitter and highly suggest that you do too.

If anything that you take from reading her book is she makes you think about the topics she discussing. She makes you talk and want to discuss them with your friends and family.

Don’t walk, run to go read her book. Don’t read the reviews like I did. Actually read them. They’ll make you want to read what the BAD reviews are talking about. Because they just don’t get it. They really don’t.

What are you reading? I’m always open to book recommendations.

Book Review:Lead & Deep by Kylie Scott

Reading List Posted on %AM, February 24 2017 11:26AM

I’ve been sent a few books in the past months for review and if you know me I love to read. So I’m in heaven. A couple of months ago I was sent via. the publisher two books in one by Kylie Scott, Lead and Deep.
Let me first say I’ve never read any books from this author but after reading these two books I’m a fan and plan on reading more by her.So if enough chit chat onto the book review.

Lead by Kylie Scott smileysmileysmileysmileysmiley

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Lena is hired to be the keeper (aka babysitter) of Jimmy the lead singer of Stage Dive. Their relationship from the beginning is one of push and pull. Their comeback again is one of the best I read or seen. But their chemistry is sizzling. Lena has a history for baby boys but she didn’t expect her professional relationship with Jimmy to turn into something else and that’s exactly what happened. No matter how she tried to ignore her attraction to Jimmy it only grows to the point where Jimmy makes it his business to turn it off.So Jimmy goes on a mission to hook her up unsuccessful to three separate guys due to him sticking his nose in too far. But this whole time from the very beginning Jimmy had his eye on Lena. He finally confesses when he realizes they should just sleep together hoping that her attraction to him goes away. But it only intensifies it. It intensifies it to the point where Lena says the I love you which makes Jimmy run for the hills. He went from being friends to boss and employee. It was so bad that Lena made Jimmy fire her.Lena leaves and heads home where he sister is getting married to her ex. During the reception Jimmy shows up and explains how his mother always told him no one will ever love him. Lena gets him to realize that everything he said he likes about her and so on is his love for her. The book ends with Lena returning back to Portland with Jimmy as his girlfriend and not his employee. If you love fireworks then you’ll love this book. Tons of fireworks, emotional ups and downs, and chemistry. I highly recommend this book.

Deep by Kylie Scott smileysmileysmileysmileysmiley

This book features Lizzy who is the little sister of Anna and Ben whose Stage Dive’s bass player. Everyone tells Ben to stay away from Lizzy but he can’t help himself. Well Lizzy did chase after him. So much so that they’re one night stand in Vegas results in Lizzy getting pregnant. We go on a emotional journey of these two going on tour with the rest of the band with their significant others. Ben doesn’t set down roots. He lives in hotels and jumps on other bands during Stage Dive’s down time. Lizzy comes from a broken home and never expect to have kids.She’s only twenty-one which everyone loves to remind her. When Lizzy just can’t take Ben’s hot and coldness toward her and decides to go home. Ben finally wises up when he realize he might be losing her and his child for good. He realizes that she’s his world, his home and he loves her. I’m happy they finally get their ish together just in time for their birth of their son. This is the last boo in this series but I would love it to continue with Ben’s sister story. Despite her being a royal pain in the ass. This one was shorter then Lead but nevertheless still go. A good read since we finally figure out who Ben was texting while on his date with Lena in Lead.

These books were book 3 and 4 in the series and I have to read 1 and 2. I have to find out the stories of the rest of the band. What are you reading right now? Inquiring minds want to know.

A Look Back on 2016 Reading Challenges

Reading List Posted on %PM, December 30 2016 12:41PM

As 2016 comes to a close it’s time to look back on my reading challenges and see how I did for the year.

This year I put myself up to two challenges. One being my 2016 Goodreads Reading Challenge where my goal for the year was to read 200 books. The other was the PopSugar 2016 Reading Challenge. Let’s first start with my Goodreads challenge results.
To date, which today is December 30th I’ve read 115 books. So I didn’t quite reach my goal this year unfortunately but I think I’m closer than the 115 shown. Because this year I read a ton of box sets which included 3-6 books. So technically I read closer to my 200 goal but since Goodreads counts box sets as 1 book I failed. I’m determined, so for 2017 I’ll set my goal at 200 books yet again. I think what also slowed me down was the PopSugar Reading Challenge since I had to read certain books to fit a criteria. Feel free to follow me on Goodreads here.

No onto my the PopSugar Reading Challenge.
As you can see from the list there are 40 different types of books to read. What I love about the challenge is it made me read outside my comfort zone. In total I read 25 books out the 40. Which is pretty good. Each month I did a wrap up to keep me account for the challenge. In July was my last wrap up. I was still reading books on the list but totally forgot to do a blog post for them. After a while it became harder and harder to find books to fit what was on the list. Plus some of the books I chose I just couldn’t finish truthfully.

So here’s my year end wrap up of what I actually did read for the challenge.

*A book based on a fairy tale: Finding Cinderella by Colleen Hoover
*A YA bestseller: Crystal Magic by Madeline Freeman
*A book set in your home state: In Two Weeks by Jen Talty
*A romance set in the future: A Viking’s Peace by Zoe York
*A book set in Europe: Reckless Nights in Rome by CC Mackenzie
*A book that’s under 150 pages: For Bear or For Worse by Meredith Clarke
*A New York Times bestseller: Pretty Little Liars by Sara Shepard
*A book you can finish in a day: Anna’s Contract by Deva Long
*A book that’s more than 600 pages: The Islander’s Box Set Books 1-4 by Helen Conrad
*A science-ficton novel: Taken by Erica Conroy
*A book recommended by a family member: Shaw by Anna Hackett
*A graphic novel: The Walking Dead #1 by Robert Kirkman
*A book that is published in 2016: Never, Never by Colleen Hoover
*A book with a protagonist who has your occupation: By Design by Jayne Denker
*A book that takes place during Summer: The Summer I Learned to Drive by Shannon McCrimmon
*A book and its prequel: Mending Hearts and Running Places by L.B. Simmons
*A murder mystery: Death by Marriage by Jaden Skye
*A dystopian novel: Awakening by C.B. Stone
* A book with a blue cover: Barbarian’s Touch by Ruby Dixon
*An autobiography: Confidante : The Brothel by Lillian Anderson
*A book about a road trip: The Road to Price by Justine Elvira
*A book about a culture you’re unfamiliar with: The Thorn by Beverly Lewis
*A satirical book: Almost in Love by Kylie Gilmore
*A book that takes place on an island: Appaloosa Summer by Tudor Robins
*A book that’s guaranteed to bring you joy: Hopeless by Colleen Hoover

So the question is will I try the PopSugar Reading Challenge again for 2017. Nah, I’ll pass. If I come across a different challenge maybe. Anything is possible.

I currently have 4 physical books that I need to read. I started 3 of the books already and keep on putting them down. I think it’s because it’s in physical form instead of on my kindle. I plan on reading those first before I start anything on my kindle. Hopefully by using Wendalful’s reading list insert it will help to keep me on track.
You can download and print the insert here.

And this completes my look back at my reading for 2016. I plan on doing way better in 2017. Hopefully no reading slumps hit me like this year.

What’s your reading goals for 2017?

July Wrap-up:2016 PopSugar Reading Challenge

Reading List Posted on %PM, August 02 2016 02:54PM

July is here and gone unfortunately. It’s time to do my monthly wrap up. So for the month of July I managed to read a total of 19 book but those 2 only being PopSugar Challenge Reads. I just couldn’t force myself to read anything on my list but here’s what I did manage to read.
*A book with a protagonist who has your occupation: By Design by Jayne Denker smileysmileysmileysmileysmiley

This book was good but I swear I wanted to punch two characters in their face. Emmie is a interior designer’s assistant who’s only allowed to basically copy paper and run for coffee despite her having a degree in design. Which is so frustrating because she clearly has talent but her boss is so full of himself and everyone knows it. He basically forces his clients into his designs which 9 out 10 times is not their style and we’ll over budget. Back to Emmie, lands a client (Graham) who is basically the hottest guy she’s ever encountered. Graham forces her boss’s hand to have Emmie work exclusively with him on designing the interior of his home that he’s renovating . But the kicker is Graham is involved with Emmie’s h.s. classmate who turns out is a lil’ crazy in the head. She’s so annoying you want to hit her a couple of times. Despite all of this Graham and Emmie fall for each other. Eventually, Emmie gather’s the courage to start her own interior decorating business after her boss basically fires her when she finally goes off on him. In the end Emmie gets the guy and her dream of own her own business doing what she loves. Oh, did I not mention her house gets burnt down by her ex boyfriend and the h.s. classmate threatens to harm herself just to keep Graham. This book is far from dull. Despite the annoying boss and h.s. friend and wanting to knock Graham upside his head once it was a good read that will keep you on your toes. You’ll definitely enjoy it.

* A book that takes place on a island: Appaloosa Summer by Tudor Robinssmileysmileysmileysmileysmiley

I’m not a horse loving person so I went into this book hopeful. Meg is 16 years old and jumps horses professionally. Can’t remember what it’s called but during a competition her horse dies with her on it mid-jump. She convinces her mom to let her work the summer on an island in the St. Lawrence River at a B&B. Where she meets a local, Jared who offers Meg a scruffy appaloosa mare our of a friend’s back field. This book is about Meg’s journey of getting over the loss of her beloved horse plus riding and jumping again. She finally decides on this journey that she doesn’t want to jump anymore professionally but be a trainer. Along the way she helps Jared get over his fear of leaving this island. He hasn’t left the island in a year. Since the last time he left a year ago he father ended up having a heart attack and dying. So he refused to leave the island because he feared if he left again some bad would happen to his mother. So it’s not only about Meg getting over her fears but Jared as well but along the way they fall in love with one another. A sweet summer read. Highly recommend it if you’re looking for something to read or are a lover of horses.

In August I’m going to force myself to read some classics that I’ve been putting off. We got 31 days this month and I hope to read at least 1 challenge book a week among whatever my heart desires.

*A book you haven’t read since high school: The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
* A book translated to English: The Girl in the Spider’s Web by David Lagercrantz
*A self-improvement book: Act Like a Success, Think Like a Success by Steve Harvey
*A book at least 100 years older than you: Sense & Sensibility by Jane Austen

June Wrap-up:2016 PopSugar Reading Challenge

Reading List Posted on %PM, July 05 2016 02:54PM

June was a very good reading month for me. Mostly a Colleen Hoover filled month too. I’ve always heard about her books but never picked one up.Now I’m determined to read them all. I managed to knock off 7 books off the PopSugar Reading Challenge.smiley Now onto what I read.

*A book based on a fairy tale: Finding Cinderella by Colleen Hooversmileysmileysmileysmileysmiley

I finally caved in and read this book and I’m so glad I did.I couldn’t put it down. This was the beginning of my Colleen Hoover obsession.Daniel and this girl who he nicknamed Cinderella have a brief encounter in the janitors closet . He meets Six the following year and feels connected to her automatically. He soon realizes Six is Cinderella which doesn’t make Six happy one bit. Six then confess her trip abroad to Italy wasn’t what it was as she was telling everyone. She found out she was pregnant, gave birth and then gave the baby up for adoption. Daniel and Six managed to get past that and look forward to a future together. Personally, I was hooked and what to know what happens next with them. Keep my fingers crossed she makes another book about Daniel and Six. Definitely recommend this book and this author. Believe the hype.Her books are great!

* A book that’s under 150 pages: For Bear or For Worse by Meredith Clarke smileysmileysmileysmileysmiley

This book was super short and I wished it was longer. Cole is a alpha bear shifter who meets Avery who he thought was a shifter in a shifter club. Turns out she’s human which is a no no with the elders. Cole doesn’t want a mate as of yet but the elders are breathing down his neck. He comes to realize that Avery is his mate despite her being human and risks his life to keep her safe. To do that he must leave the territory and take whatever pack members that stands with him. The book ends on a cliff hanger.I’ll definitely read the next book to see what happens next.

* A book with a blue cover: Barbarian’s Touch (Ice Planet Barbarians #7) by Ruby Dixon smileysmileysmileysmileysmiley

This book is the latest book in the Ice Planet Barbarian series. Firstly, I highly recommend this series and you can read the books standalone but I recommend reading from the beginning. In this one, two sister are awoken from the pods on the alien ship. One (Lilah) is very angelic but now deaf again due to the alien’s removing her hearing implant and the other (Maddie) is a burst of energy and very productive of her sister. Lilah is then kidnapped by one of the other barbarians. Rokan, another barbarian is determined to save her and bring her back to the tribe. Come to find out him and Lilah are mates and go on a lil’ adventure ride before they eventually return to the tribe. Her sister isn’t too happy about that and thinks she’s forced to be with him.Lilah convinces her sister that she loves him. The story ends with us wondering what will happen to Maddie. Will she find a mate too and be happy in love like her sister. Will she adjust to life on the Ice Planet? We’ll have to wait for the next book to see what happens to Maddie.

*A satirical book: Almost in Love by Kylie Gilmore smileysmileysmiley

I’ll tell you the god honest truth. If I wasn’t doing this book challenge I would of stop reading this book and deleted it from my kindle one time. It’s about a nerd who falls in love with his neighbor and he first tries being her friend and liking everything she does.Then asks her on two dates which end up in disaster. So his brother convinces him to be apart of a play and he gets the starring role as the pirate who is very aggressive. He manages to win her over with his aggressiveness that he’s channelling from the role. He almost losing her by taking complete control about their relationship from her. But manages to fix his act in the end. Do I recommend this book. Nope. Pass.

*A book that is published in 2016
: Never, Never Part Three by Colleen Hoover smileysmileysmileysmileysmiley

Now let me tell you about this series. I read Finding Cinderella which made me want to read the others. Once I read Never,Never Part 1 I had to read the rest. You won’t believe the end in Part 3. I won’t spoil it for you but I was thinking one thing which was true and another which was true. But Colleen Hoover took it to another level. Wow! Couldn’t stop. I listened to this one and couldn’t stop until I heard the end. I recommend this book and definitely this series. A must read.

* A book that’s guaranteed to bring you joy: Hopeless by Colleen Hoover smileysmileysmileysmileysmiley

I told you I was on a Collen Hoover kick. If you loved Finding Cinderella then you’ll love this one. This one follows Sky and Dean. I won’t ruin the book but I couldn’t stop once I started. I totally wasn’t expecting certain events. I was thinking one thing and that idea morphed into something else. A total page turner. If you need a book to read during a long flight. Read this. You won’t want to put it down. Loved it.

*A book set in your home state: In Two Weeks by Jen Taltysmileysmileysmileysmileysmiley

Imagine you have two weeks time to figure out a way to make the man you’ve loved forever love you. But you convince yourself it’s only sex. Now throw in a stalker who just won’t go away.Jared has two weeks to find the stalker and Ryan has two weeks to convince herself that she’s not in love with him. You’ll never believe who the stalker is. The question is will Jared still take the job? Has he fallen in love with Ryan too? Hmm, you’ll have to read to find out. I highly recommend this book. I couldn’t put it down especially with a crazy stalker on the lose. And there was too many suspects to count.

I don’t know if I can match June in July but here’s my reading list for this month.

*A book you haven’t read since high school: The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
* A book translated to English: The Girl in the Spider’s Web by David Lagercrantz
*A self-improvement book: Act Like a Success, Think Like a Success by Steve Harvey
*A classic from the 20th century: Dracula by Bram Stoker
*A book with a protagonist who has your occupation: By Design by Jayne Denker
* A book that takes place on a island: Appalcosa Summer by Tudor Robins
*A book that’s becoming a movie this year: The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey

What are you reading this month?

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