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Week in Review And Winners!

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Welcome one and all to the week in review!
Week in Review is when we take a look at the past week and everything that’s been going on at – plus we share what you can expect from the week to come…

So lets get to it!

But First – We have Winners! …



The winner of our The Girl Who Disappeared Twice giveaway is: Shanda!

The winner of the Hunter’s Fall giveaway is: Diane!

We have emailed the winners with the email provided.

Previously on Paperback Dolls . . .

For Father’s Day we decided to celebrate by taking a week to raise a glass to the Bad-Ass men and boys in books! So just what is it that makes men and boys in books BadAss? We each had our own take and we brought in some guests to share theirs…

What an incredible BadAss week it was! And of course, being the Paperback Dolls we couldn’t just leave things at that – we needed to share the wealth!

So don’t forget to check out the TWO BadAss giveaways we are having. One for Desi’s YA BadAss book favorites and one for Bad@ass men in fiction!

On Sunday Desi shared her YA BadAss boy favorites!

I wanted in on the action this week. So, I did what young girls do best…I whined and begged and persisted until the grown-ups caved. :)

You see, I LOVE books and I absolutely LOVE the boy characters in them. I mean, I guess it’s a version of sex appeal. I’m all for girl power and all that jazz, but I don’t just want to read about kick-butt heroines because that would get old for me real quick! After all, what would Katniss be without Peeta or Gale? The answer is easy- less likeable… Read on

Then Monday author Emma Butler discussed why the world needs a BadAss…and Mr. Fassbender!

Sometimes when you’ve been hurt, you don’t want someone holding your hand and talking it out. Sometimes you want them to roll up their sleeves and beat the living crap out of whoever made you hurt so bad.

That’s where the bad ass male protagonist comes in. Awesome, awesome idea for a week by the Dolls by the way. This is why they’re so great.

It’s why sometimes you need Eric, not Bill. It’s why you need Damon Salvatore, not Stefan. It’s why Magneto is just so much cooler than Professor X. Why all of us, somewhere, have just an eensy crush on Wolverine. Read On…

Tuesday Day discussed why Cowboys, Gangsters, Thugs and Military men were her favorite BadAsses!

The thing is, I have several favorites. I have already shared my love of Larry McMurty’s Lonesome Dove characters Augustus McCrae and Capt. Woodrow Call.

I love me some good ole boys! Especially some that have a certain code they live by– hang a man for thieve’n and murder’n, yet they’ll sneak across the border to steal cattle for their own outfit. I love the Capt’s rough exterior and disciplined work ethic-I wouldn’t want to annoy him and yet…

I really loved how Gus was just as able to work but appreciated the finer things in life–like drinking, women and driving Capt. Call crazy with his joking around. Both the Capt. and Gus have qualities that are badass and endear them to me–they leave me day dreaming of having my very own cowboy. *cue Kasey Chambers “Pony”* Read On…

On Wednesday Mona told us why Acheron was her favorite BadAss!

Ya Gotta Love a Man Who Knows He’s Bad
(….but doesn’t care)
There are so many wonderful tough guys in fiction that at first I was going crazy trying to pick one to write about. For instance, one of my all-time favorites is Ranger from Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum series. Unlike a lot of you, I’m not a Morelli fan. At. All. But I lurves me some Ranger for many different reasons—not the least of which is the way he always rescues Stephanie, gives her anything she needs or wants, and never asks anything in return. Nor does he take her for granted. Not to mention, he’s gorgeous and dangerous. Read On…

Thursday Honorary Doll Alli was all about Bones the BadAss!

Let’s be honest, chick-lit isn’t known for having strong male protagonists. The men always play second fiddle to a very strong female lead who steals the show. This made it REALLY difficult for me to decide on who my favorite male badass protagonist was. In order to choose my favorite badass male, I had to think about what actually constitutes a badass. Read On…

Friday Noa shared favorites in her categories of BadAssedness!

It is finally my turn to discuss that firm favorite of male types, the diamond in the rough, the epitome of fictitious male hero perfection, the BadAss.

To me, BadAssery (thank you to author Courtney Allison Moulton for coining that term at the Teen Author Carnival) has always been something every male hero should aspire to. Take the romantic, poem writing, soulful men, I don’t want them! I need a guy who has that glint in his eye, that upturned lip with just a hint of a ready smile that could, in second, change into a look that would inspire fear in any person stupid enough to cause you even a moment’s worry or pain.

There are in my opinion, several sub-types of BadAss as each of our Dolls and guests has proven this week, to me, there are certain categories by which one might divide the badassedness. Read On…

Saturday We got a double-dose of the BadAss:First Suz told us why Jean-Claud is BadAss!

The classification of “Bad Ass” could be considered subjective. I suspect we all have our own notion of what a Bad Ass is. Being a dominant type of woman, you might be surprised at my ideal Bad Ass. I have to be honest and just go ahead and embrace it.

I’m a dichotomy. I am a dominant woman who loves strong, even dominant men who are willing to give a little to get a lot. I’m generally put off by the uber-alpha, chest pounding, he-man types. But don’t be fooled, that doesn’t only leave wet noodle men, there are so many more options. Read On…


Then Kitt told us all about One BadAss War Mage!

When the idea of a Male Badass Week was approached, I was all like “Hell Yes!” I mean who doesn’t want the chance to squee and discuss and generally gush over one of their favorite male char… wait! What? ONLY FREAKING ONE?! You have got to be kidding me! They’re like Pringles, nobody has just one.

As the girls have shown this week, not a ONE of them (even Suz – I know you have tons of others woman :p) were able to choose! I myself have tons of badass men I can think of off the top of my head… like Bones from Jeaniene Frost’s Night Huntress series… Or Curran from Ilona Andrew’s Kate Daniels…Or Jean-Claude from Laurell K. Hamilton’s Anita Blake…Or Jericho Barrons from KMM’s Fever series… Or Eric Northman from Charlaine Harris’ Sookie Stackhouse series.. Or.. I think you get the idea. Having to choose just one is cruel and unusual punishment – who would I choose? Read On…

On Friday Noa shared an ARC review of the latest installment in the Lady Julia Grey series – The Dark Enquiry by Deanna Raybourn! (Because Brisbane is quite a BadAss himself!)

Partners now in marriage and in trade, Lady Julia and Nicholas Brisbane have finally returned from abroad to set up housekeeping in London. But merging their respective collections of gadgets, pets and servants leaves little room for the harried newlyweds themselves, let alone Brisbane’s private enquiry business.

Among the more unlikely clients: Julia’s very proper brother, Lord Bellmont, who swears Brisbane to secrecy about his case. Not about to be left out of anything concerning her beloved—if eccentric—family, spirited Julia soon picks up the trail of the investigation.

It leads to the exclusive Ghost Club, where the alluring Madame Séraphine holds evening séances…and not a few powerful gentlemen in thrall. From this eerie enclave unfolds a lurid tangle of dark deeds, whose tendrils crush reputations and throttle trust.

Shocked to find their investigation spun into salacious newspaper headlines, bristling at the tension it causes between them, the Brisbanes find they must unite or fall. For Bellmont’s sake and more they’ll face myriad dangers born of dark secrets, the kind men kill to keep… Read On…

Next week on Paperback Dolls…

On Monday the fabulous Deanna Raybourn will be here to attempt the Paperback Proust!


Tuesday Mona will be reviewing Creed’s Honor by Linda Lael Miller.

Conner Creed knows exactly who he is: a hardworking rancher carrying on his uncle’s legacy in Lonesome Bend, Colorado. Maybe a small-town cowboy’s life isn’t his dream, but he owes the man who took him in as a kid. Until the identical twin brother he’s been estranged from for years reenters his life.
Conner struggles with identity issues as he gets to know his wilder brother. And then he meets Tricia McCall, a beautiful woman who knows a thing or two about living someone else’s dreams. Together, they just might find their own dreams right here in Lonesome Bend….
Wednesday Day will be reviewing Legend by Marie Lu

What was once the western United States is now home to the Republic, a nation perpetually at war with its neighbors. Born into an elite family in one of the Republic’s wealthiest districts, fifteen-year-old June is a prodigy being groomed for success in the Republic’s highest military circles. Born into the slums, fifteen-year-old Day is the country’s most wanted criminal. But his motives may not be as malicious as they seem.
From very different worlds, June and Day have no reason to cross paths – until the day June’s brother, Metias, is murdered and Day becomes the prime suspect. Caught in the ultimate game of cat and mouse, Day is in a race for his family’s survival, while June seeks to avenge Metias’s death. But in a shocking turn of events, the two uncover the truth of what has really brought them together, and the sinister lengths their country will go to keep its secrets.
Full of nonstop action, suspense, and romance, this novel is sure to move readers as much as it thrills.
Then we have a special three day feature with author Tera Lynn Childs! There will be lots of surprises! A character interview, reviews and a GIVEAWAY!

That’s it for us this week! Thanks for stopping by and commenting!


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