#BanditBooks| How to be Single by Liz Tuccillo

I admit, the title grabbed me and so did the fact that it's a novel and not exactly a self-help book also helped too. Liz Tuccillo co-wrote He's Just Not That Into You, so she knows a bit about the plot of the single woman. How to Be Single is a fiction surrounding book publicist turned writer, Julie Jensen and features her single friends, newly divorced Georgia whose husband left her for a Brazilian whore (her words, not mine), Alice who quit her law career to pursue a man, Ruby who is timid and depressed and Serena who is actually a serene yogi chef. Each woman faces her own struggles in finding a man but they all have one thing in common and that is their single status. Julie gets the bright idea that women worldwide also share this same plight and she knows that she and her friends aren't handling it quite well so she wants to see how other women do it. Thus, she travels to Paris, Rome, Sydney, China, Bali, India and Iceland to get some answers.

This book is kind of like Eat, Pray, Love without the completely happy ending. Being single in the city is not a new topic, however, I did love reading how other women handled being dumped or how they did the dumping. I understood where a lot of the characters were coming from even though they are older than me. I get their plight because let's face it, being single sucks...no matter where you are.

It was definitely a page turner that I had to finish. 4 lipsticks!!

Art|Graffiti I Dig

Vinie is a graffiti artist from France. Like many graffiti artists, there isn't much information on her except that she's a lady from France, just outside of Paris. Her main medium is spray paint with some brush strokes and that she like to show dark-skinned women that are pin-ups in a way with large eyes and voluptuous bodies but aren't exactly in the pin-up style. Anyway...LOVES!!

Check out her facebook page here
and her website here.

#BanditBooks| "Blindsighted" by Karin Slaughter

"Blindsighted" is a suspense novel based in the small town of Grant County where people are blindsided by rape/murders happening in town. The victims are also literally blinded by a drug the assailant uses to subdue them and keep them complacent during their attacks.The story surrounds doctor/coroner Sara Linton and police chief/Sara's ex-husband, Jeffrey Tolliver who rush to try and solve who is behind the crimes before the killer strikes again.

While rape/murder/vicious crimes against women are hard to read about, Slaughter does a fantastic job at keeping some details gory and letting you fill in the blanks about others. I like how Slaughter's female characters are strong even in the face of these heinous crimes. Slaughter knows how to unfurl a story. It never felt rushed or as if it dragged along. Toward the end, she hints at who it is all along which is who, as an avid CSI-er, Law and Order fan, I didn't quite see that coming either.

This was Slaughter's first novel and I'd love to read more from her.
I give this book 4 lipsticks.

#NetflixFaves| June Watch List

If you're like me....(and don't own a TV)....Netflix is your savior, but you never quite know what to watch. Let me help you out. This is what I've watched during the month of June. Maybe you'll find your new fave.
Because life is hard and the late 90's were great and who doesn't wish that they could be an attractive witch?

Queer Eye for the Straight Guy

Because don't gay guys know EVERYTHING? lol...mindless entertainment and the transformations are awesome!

Because crazy people agreed to have strangers tattoo them...who knew?
Drinking Buddies

Because Olivia Wilde is my bestie in my head even when she has questionable morals.

Lost Girl

It's sexy science fiction!

Crimes of the Century

Because everyone should know about the crazy things people have done in the world and why....

#BanditBooks - "Sugar Daddy" by Lisa Kleypas

I have to admit, I wanted this book to be all fluff and no bite. The title alone made me think that this would be the perfect book to breeze through and help me forget all my troubles...and it did, until certain parts came along. The title is a little misleading although I understand why its named this. The main character, Liberty Jones (isn't that such a great name?) spends her life avoiding having a sugar daddy. She's half-Mexican living with her white mother in a trailer park in Welcome, Texas. She has a hard upbringing and fights to give herself and her family a better life.

I loved the way the book was written. I'm usually not a fan of first person pov. However, used in the way Kleypas did, I felt like I was reading the diary of a close friend - a little forbidden, very juicy and I was instantly endeared by her.

There's a very sudden and traumatic incident in the book (no spoilers) where I wanted to scoop Liberty up in my arms and hold her. The emotions in the writing was so real, it stirred something up inside of me, which is what good writing is supposed to achieve. This is the first installment about the Travis family and I can definitely see myself snapping up a few more of these books in the future.

If you're looking for something a little light-hearted and easy to read but has a cohesive plot, this book is for you.

I give this book 5 lipsticks.