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The Unidentified Redhead by Alice Clayton

The other day I was browsing in Shoppers Drug Mart when a particular book caught my eye.
I put it down and went on with my day- and when I got home I found it in the mail! Serendipity. (Thanks, Simon & Schuster!)



The Unidentified Redhead by Alice Clayton

Grace Sheridan is back. Ten years after discovering that looks and talent are a dime a dozen in Los Angeles, she’s wriggling into a pair of badass jeans and ready to show the film industry that there’s way more to her than just a head of gorgeous red curls. And Hollywood’s newest Brit super-hunk Jack Hamilton certainly sees a lot to like. Grace is trying to restrain herself from jumping a man who is nearly a decade her junior, but Jack is making it clear that he personally has zero problems with that idea. While Grace and Jack are still swapping innuendo-loaded quips and text sex though, the paparazzi have caught up with them, headlining the “unidentified redhead” who’s been photographed trysting at a restaurant with the heartthrob of the year. Now Grace is in stuck in a double bind. She’s head over heels in lust with Jack, but there’s her own career to think of as well. A sizzling romance with the newest “it” boy may garner her industry attention . . . but is it the kind of attention she’s always dreamed of?

The Unidentified Redhead novel is everything I was in the mood for reading- a fun, flirty (and a little spicy) read.

I really enjoyed the read but found myself wishing it had a little less sex and a little more potential conflict. I saw one or two flags that I thought could escalate into a turning point or maybe a climax (obvious ones aside-ha), but did not. Ultimately, the book breezes along without dealing with anything too serious. This was a fast, enjoyable read- perfect for the beach or a plane ride. Buy it here!


Powell’s City of Books in Portland



Powell’s City of Books can give New York’s the Strand a run for its money! This huge book store occupies an entire city block.

The shelves are crammed with new and used books on every topic imaginable. Aside from books, they also sell notebooks, bags, travel supplies, stationary and bookmarks, of course. (I bought this cute Bridges of Portland shirt!) There is a cozy cafe where you can sip on one of Portland’s famous coffee brews while reading your new book.



This is me being pretty much in heaven.  Powell’s has other locations in the city, but this is the best (and biggest) location. Between their online sales and brick and motor stores, Powell’s has over four million new, used, rare, and out-of-print books. Wow!


Powell’s City of Books is at 1005 W Burnside St.

April Reads

Here are some books I’m looking forward to this month!
aprilbooks1 Appetizers by Canadian Living Editors (April 9)
When you’re hosting a party, you need to create just the right mood — and just the right food. That”s easy when the experts in The Canadian Living Test Kitchen are there to offer their advice and their scrumptious, Tested-Till-Perfect entertaining recipes.



The Toronto Star Cookbook, Jennifer Bain (April 2)

This family-friendly cookbook is filled with recipes for classic comfort food like rice pudding two ways (diner-style and upscale) apple crisp (made with three varieties of apple) and grilled cheese (updated with smoked cheese and sriracha ketchup), and classic Ontario dishes (True North Flatbread, My Mom’s Pan-Fried Pickerel and The Hogtown Sandwich). Note: Spoiler alert, this book is awesome! I already cooked one delicious recipe from it, which I’ll share soon!


aprilbooks2Wedding Night by Sophie Kinsella (April 23)

Lottie is tired of long-term boyfriends who don’t want to commit to marriage. When her old boyfriend Ben reappears and reminds her of their pact to get married if they were both still single at thirty, she jumps at the chance. There will be no dates and no engagement—just a straight wedding march to the altar! Next comes the honeymoon on the Greek island where they first met. But not everyone is thrilled with Lottie and Ben’s rushed marriage, and family and friends are determined to intervene. Will Lottie and Ben have a wedding night to remember or one to forget?

Unnatural Creatures by Neil Gaiman. ( April 23)
The sixteen stories gathered by Gaiman, winner of the Hugo and Nebula Awards, range from the whimsical to the terrifying. The magical creatures range from werewolves to sunbirds to beings never before classified. E. Nesbit, Diana Wynne Jones, Gahan Wilson, and other literary luminaries contribute to the anthology.
Note: Eeee! I love everything by Neil Gaiman. I’m excited for this book, but sad that it’s so short.

Meatless by Martha Stewart


I’ve been trying to find a way to incorporate more veggies in my diet, and Martha Stewart’s newest collection of recipes is helping me do just that.  Meatless is a tasty collection of over 200 recipes that include everything but meat. Perfect for vegetarians, Meatless Monday, or just delicious side dishes.

Roasted Potatoes with Romesco Sauce


Frittata with Asparagus, Goat Cheese and Herbs

These recipes range from quick and easy to prepare to more elaborate. Choose from soups, salads, brunch options, pasta and more!

I also love the little extras that are included in this book. There is a great section on “Versatile Vegetarian Pesto Variations” that I can’t wait to try this summer with veggies from my garden! Smoky Bell Pepper Pesto is clearly something my life needs more of!

Another awesome thing is the appendix that is full of basic recipes (vegetable stock) and basic tips for new cooks (how to blanch and peel tomatoes)

This is the perfect book to round out your cookbook collection! Check it out here.

Portobello and Zucchini Tacos

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