Barely made it through Bared to You

Recently my girlfriends and I began a book club. The premise is that each month a different person will pick the book and host the club. We’ve read some interesting books along the way, and each of them was different from the one before. This month, the book Bared to You, the first novel in the Crossfire series by Silvia Day, was chosen. While I would have never picked a book coined as an erotic novel on my own, I took the challenge, and let’s just say it was an interesting ride.

Aside from all the sexually explicit scenes—that I’ll get to later—this book has a lot going wrong in it. For instance, there is no plot. Generally in a review, one of the first things I do is give a spoiler free synopsis. However, in a book that seems to be missing a plot, that isn’t so easy to do.   I guess this is my best overview. Eva meets Gideon. Eva runs away from Gideon. Gideon chases Eva. They have sex. Eva runs away from Gideon. Gideon chases Eva. They have sex. This little cycle continues throughout the entire novel. 6d5105a911e50900a412fb220b58f6c6 Bared to You is as flat as they come. There was no point in the book where I was anxiously awaiting what would happen as I turned the pages. There were conflicts, but they were minor. The climax of the story isn’t even evident. It’s just one page of Eva running away after another.

I also really have a problem with the character development. While these books are obviously geared towards women, Day decided to make the male lead the kind of man that makes the great dead feminists of our world roll over in their graves. He is a chauvinist only using his hormones to make decisions about love—he is not really interested in romance.

Our protagonist Eva is even worse. She is an emotional wreck who continues to make bad decision after bad decision. When I was reading this book, I couldn’t care less what happened to her. For the main character in a book to be that unlikeable is a serious flaw.

And then, there’s the meat and potatoes of Bared to You. Generally I’m not interested in this genre, so you can call me a little biased. Honestly, though, I don’t really see what’s entertaining about a bad book filled with sex scenes. Actually, I found the book quite vulgar—and that’s saying a lot for someone who religiously watched “Trueblood” for years and has seen every Judd Apatow movie there is. Call me a prude, but there are only so many times I can read certain words before I feel like I need to repent.

I get it different people are into different things, and this is only my opinion. But my opinion is that this book is laughable—not sexy. I did have a lot of fun with it though—I enjoyed laughing and talking about Bared to my girlfriends more than I enjoyed actually reading it. Even though it wasn’t my thing, I’m glad my friend chose it and got me reading something I never would have read on my own.

To be fair, it wasn’t all bad, and it certainly wasn’t the worst book I’ve ever read. Silvia Day does a great job describing things in vivid detail. While the things she is describing make me squirm, I can recognize her talent for telling a story. She uses eloquent phrases to say the simplest of things. That’s a good trait for a writer to have.

If you’re looking for a great end of summer read, this may not be the one for you. I don’t recommend it to anyone who wants to walk away from a book feeling like they accomplished something. However, if you’re lonely, looking for a way to waste a few hours or looking for a good laugh, you just might enjoy this. Just make sure you have time to shower afterwards.

Nutella and Salted Caramel Pie

There are a lot of things I love in this world, but to say I love Nutella is an understatement. Who doesn’t love the rich decadent taste of that hazelnut spread? Generally speaking, if something has Nutella in it, I’m willing to try it or bake it.

Recently I decided to try to bake something I found called Salted Carmel Nutella Pie (or as I like to call it, Stuck to the Fridge Pie). If you’re wondering why I call it that the reason is simple—the first time I made this delicious piece of dessert I didn’t realize the pan had a little bit of caramel stuck to the bottom. My dear friends and I then spent a good 25 minutes trying to figure out how to remove the pie from the glass. I will never be able to eat this pie without remembering that delicious and hilarious event.

WHAT INGREDIENTS DO I NEED?

For the crust:

-3/4 Cup of butter

-2 Cups Flour

-1 Teaspoon Salt

-2 Tablespoons Heavy Cream

-3 Tablespoons cold water

 

For The Filling:

-A Bag of Caramel Candies

-1/2 Teaspoons Salt

-1/3 Cup Heavy Cream

 

For the Topping:

-1 & ½ Cup Nutella

 

HOW DO I MAKE IT?

  1. The first thing you need to do is make the pie crust. Mix together the flour and salt. Then add the cubes of butter a few at a time until it is all blended together.  Add both heavy cream and water, and then turn your mixer back on. When it creates a well-mixed dough, roll it into a ball and let it cool in the freezer for an hour.

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2. During the next hour, sit back and relax. Or do what I do–pour a glass of wine.

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3 .  After the hour is up, roll it onto a floured surface, mold it into a circle and place the circled dough into a pie crust. Pat the dough to cover up the pie pan.

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4.   Poke holes into the bottom of the crust, using a fork.

5.   Bake the crust for about 20 minutes.

6.    While it’s baking, unwrap the caramels and melt them in a medium saucepan with salt and heavy cream.

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7.  When it’s all melted, pour it on top of the crust and let it harden in the refrigerator for about 5-10 minutes.

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8.   While its hardening, melt the Nutella on the stove. Then pour the Nutella on top, and place the pie back in the fridge.

9.   This pie is best served at room temperature, because the caramel will become too hard if served cold. Remove the pie from the fridge at least an hour before serving. Pour a cup of Joe and enjoy!

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What is Sweet and Exceptionally Read?

Hello World. Welcome to Sweet and Exceptionally Read—a blog written by me, Stacy K.

There are so many blogs out there today that it’s hard to distinguish what the differences are between each one. Some blogs are about fashion, while others are about sports. There are blogs containing recipes, and some containing how-to instructions.

So what is Sweet and Exceptionally Read? Sweet and Exceptionally Read is about two of the most delicious things in the world—sweets and stories.

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When it comes to sweets, I will share recipes for desserts, as well as give suggestions and reviews of sweet treats I find along the way at bakeries, cafes, coffee shops, etc.

When it comes to stories, I will be reviewing novels, as well as non-fiction works. Whether it’s fresh off the press or an old classic, I will be dissecting it and giving it my honest opinion.

I bet you’re wondering out of all the possible topics out there why I chose to write about these two in particular. The truth is, I’ve always heard you should write about what you know, and I know a lot about the topics at hand.

I believe myself to be quite the experienced baker, and to be honest, I’ve had my fair share of desserts out and about. Also, there are few things in life I enjoy as much as sitting on a big comfy couch nuzzled up with a good book. Not only did I go to school to perfect my craft of writing, but I have hopes to someday be a novelist myself. While I am no expert in either case, I do feel like I have something to say on both counts that may be unique and entertaining to read.

Welcome to my blog. I hope you enjoy the sweet and novel things in life as much as I do.