The Holiday Drinks Book Tag Blogmas Day 25

My mind is saying one thing and my gut another, but going with my gut and doing a Christmas tag on Christmas day. I had an original in mind; however, that didn’t pen out. Anyway, I found this tag on Laura’s The Corner of Laura. I won’t lie at this point; I’m confused about who created the original tag.

Questions:

HOT CHOCOLATE | MARSHMALLOWS AND CHOCOLATE AND WHIPPED CREAM, OH MY!
RECOMMEND A BOOK THAT’S SWEET THROUGH AND THROUGH.

Goodreads Blurb:

After years of cruelty, how do you learn to trust? To love?

It may be 2022, but the modern world has done nothing to protect me.

I live in the world of the British nobility, a secret society of magic, mages and vessels.

There are strict rules and customs and no freedom at all.

My name is Charlie, but to society, I’m just a vessel. A person who grows and absorbs magic within them, but cannot wield it.

As tradition dictates, on my eighteenth birthday, I was given to a mage. From that day onwards, every seven days for four long years, Earl Rathbone took my body to take my magic.

Earl Rathbone was a cruel and harsh master. But it was ‘the done thing’ and society turned a blind eye to my mistreatment.

Until the earl’s son finally intervened and whisked me away. Sending me to Archie. The Earl of Hathbury.

Archie is kind and sweet. The man loves books nearly as much as I do. He is nothing like Earl Rathbone.

Yet, giving Archie my body and my magic is daunting. But it is my duty and a necessity. As a vessel, I need a mage to regularly empty me or I could die.

To my great relief, Archie is understanding and gentle, and it’s not long before I start to fall for him. Finding my duty more of a pleasure.

Archie seems to enjoy our time together more than is proper, and I am hopeful.

But can Archie be trusted? Is he really safe? Will I ever be truly free?

What I find sweet is the love between the characters, even if it has a ton of sexual content.

PEPPERMINT MOCHA | THE FLAVOR OF PEPPERMINT IS STRONG AND DISTINCT.
RECOMMEND A BOOK WITH A LOT OF STRONG EMOTIONS.

Goodreads Blurb;

The hole they dug was not deep. A white flour bag encased the little body. Three small faces watched from the window, eyes black with terror.

The child in the middle spoke without turning his head. I wonder which one of us will be next?

When a woman’s body is discovered in a cathedral and hours later a young man is found hanging from a tree outside his home, Detective Lottie Parker is called in to lead the investigation. Both bodies have the same distinctive tattoo clumsily inscribed on their legs. It’s clear the pair are connected, but how?

The trail leads Lottie to St. Angela’s, a former children’s home, with a dark connection to her own family history. Suddenly the case just got personal.

As Lottie begins to link the current victims to unsolved murders decades old, two teenage boys go missing. She must close in on the killer before they strike again, but in doing so is she putting her own children in terrifying danger?

Lottie is about to come face to face with a twisted soul who has a very warped idea of justice.

Like I said on Instagram, this brought out a lot of emotions.

APPLE CIDER | IT’S SO GOOD, IT CAN’T BE GOOD FOR YOU, BUT IT’S FROM APPLES — THAT MEANS IT’S HEALTHY, RIGHT?
RECOMMEND A BOOK FULL OF CHARACTERS WITH QUESTIONABLE MORALS.

Goodreads Blurb:

Computer expert Ashley Chen joined the FBI to fight against evil in the world—evil she experienced firsthand. She has mad skills and deadly secrets, and once she starts working with straight-shooting FBI agent, Lucas Randall, she also has big trouble. After years of pushing people away, she’s finally falling for someone. The feeling is entirely mutual, but as Ashley intensifies her online pursuit of an international trafficking ring, her traumatic past collides with her present and suddenly Lucas can’t tell which side she’s on. As the case escalates into a high-stakes game of cat and mouse, it turns out Ashley isn’t the only one with something to hide.

If neither can trust the other with their secrets, how can they trust each other with their hearts?

I still don’t know what some of these characters were thinking.

EGGNOG | IT’S CREAMY AND SMOOTH WITH A LITTLE SPICE, AND SOME PEOPLE EVEN ADD ALCOHOL TO IT.
RECOMMEND A BOOK THAT’S MOSTLY FUN WITH JUST A HINT OF DANGER.

Goodreads Blurb:

Reality TV, riches, and a race for romance! What’s not to like?

For Easton Cooper, everything—except a chance at one million dollars. Desperate for cash, he’ll even compete on an outrageous action-adventure reality show, and he hates reality TV. As luck would have it, he’s thrust into his element, a series of outdoor challenges in the Oregon Cascade Mountains. But there’s a catch—he’s staring across the meadow at his partner—a tan, hot, out-of-place California girl, wearing heels and a formal dress in the middle of freaking nowhere—and she will not bring him down! Even if he has to drag her across the finish line.

Amity Rose wants an adventure. No one told her that “dress accordingly” meant deck out in hardcore mountain gear. So she wore strappy heels and a fancy dress to the opening scene. So she hates bugs, cold air, tents, campfires—must she go on? Now all the contestants think she’s a pampered princess—and to add to her bad luck, her partner is the worst—a gangly, overconfident, know-it-all mountain trail guide. Did the directors just add a romantic twist to the drama? Sure, why not? Maybe she’ll leave the race with something more valuable than money. Just not with him!

It’s a sweet reality game show where love and money play a head to head.

GINGERBREAD LATTE | A DRINK WITH A VERITABLE EXPLOSION OF SPICES
RECOMMEND A BOOK WITH A LOT OF ACTION.

Goodreads Blurb;

Paradise can’t contain a thirst for revenge.

Tech security specialist Sophie Ang returns to Maui, working alongside dynamic partner Jake Dunn to solve a series of bizarre and escalating threats against a rocker with a beach mansion. But soon, catching a crazed stalker becomes the least of Sophie’s problems: a deadly enemy is hell-bent to take her down along with anyone she cares about. Sophie’s very identity is tested as she grapples with issues of conscience and survival in a struggle that takes her to the edge of heartbreak, and beyond.

If you want a wild advanture, here is one.

Tagging:

Not sure if anyone wants to do it, but if you do, consider yourself tagged.

Alex

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