Thank you for joining me today for week two of the Sweet Evil Read-A-Long hosted by the most awesome Mindy from Magical Urban Fantasy Reads and co-hosted by myself and Tara from Taters Tall Tales, Rachel from Fiktshun and Jaime from Two Chicks on Books.
I hope that everyone involved is enjoying our SWEET EVIL Read-A-Long. Although I am new to the SWEET EVIL love train (boop boop, alllll aboard) I am an ardent fan. This novel had everything that anyone could ask for in a book; romance, adventure, mystery and ohh yeah! some wicked evil to get the heart pumping.
Last week I shared my tested and tried road trip rules and it made me long for another road trip. If Wendy let's me borrow Kaiden, hopefully I will get to enjoy another one soon. Now that we are onto week two of the read-a-long and this week's discussion centers on a steamy (ultrasteamyholdthepicklesandmayoyupitisthathot) scene in which Kai admits to Anna what she smells like to him (PEAR) and she then confesses what he smells like to her (CITRUS).
So, in honor of that today I will share some PEAR and CITRUS scented recipes that remind me of Anna and Kaiden. Below are the inspirations for this particular selection.
“What is it you smell, exactly?” his voice took on a husky quality, and it felt like he was taking up a lot of room. I couldn’t bring myself to look at him. Something strange was going on here. I stepped back, hitting the tub with my heel as I tired to put the scent into words.“I don’t know. Its like citrus and the forest or something… leaves and tree sap. I can’t explain it.”His eyes bored into mine while he wore that trademark sexy smirk, arms still crossed.“Citrus?” he asked. ”Like lemons?”“Orange mostly. And a little lime, too.”He nodded and flickered his head to the side to get hair out of his eyes. Then his smile disappeared and his badge throbbed.“What you smell are my pheromones, Anna.”
"How's your orange juice, Ann? Does it have a touch of lime?"
The glass paused at my lips as I processed his innuendo, and I took a second to make sure my embarrassment stayed hidden inside. I let the drink swish over my tongue a moment before swallowing and answering.
"Actually it's a little sour," I said, and he laughed.
"That's a shame." He picked up a green pear from his plate and bit into it, licking juice that dripped down his thumb. My cheeks warmed as I set down my glass.
"Okay, now you're just being crude," I said.
He grinned with lazy satisfaction.
"I have no idea what you're talking about. I'm just enjoying my breakfast." He took another bite and I shook my head.
HOW TO MAKE A SCENTED SPRITZER: PEAR and CITRUS Fragrance
- 1Pour one shot of vodka and set aside. This is simply to make room in the bottle, it is not necessary to drink the vodka, in fact it is not recommended, especially if you have an addictive personality or are a recovering addict. There's nothing wrong with dumping it down the drain.
- 2Pour the desired amount of scented oil into the vodka bottle. The liquid is no longer suitable for drinking, since essential oils and most scented oils are not safe for human consumption. You could use pear extract, citrus extract or any number of flavored extracts if the desired effect is a scented spritzer you can drink. Also, you could grate a citrus fruit or use dried pear to make the scented body spray, but you'd have to strain them with a cheesecloth after a month or so, to allow the vodka time to extract the scent for homemade perfume.
- 3Add 2 tbs. glycerin to the scented spray, because it keeps the scent from evaporating on your skin and clothes.
- 4Shake the homemade perfume vigorously, and pour into spray bottles. If this is a gift, you might want to tie a ribbon around the neck of the bottle or make a tag letting the recipient know that it's homemade and custom-designed just for them. Remind them that it isn't for consumption.
See Anna really enjoy's her PEAR scented spray that I have aptly named SWEET
Kaiden is enjoying his Citrus inspired spray named EVIL
- 1Pour 32 ounces of soy wax into a microwave safe measuring cup and heat in microwave for 4 minutes. Add soy wax to the measuring cup until it reaches the top and heat the wax again for 4 minutes.
- 2Add more soy wax to the measuring cup and continue the heating process until you have 32 ounces of melted wax. Set the dial on the oven for its lowest heat and let it warm up for about 10 minutes.
- 3Pour candle dye and PEAR or CITRUS fragrance oil over the melted wax, stir it, and pour the wax into the candle molds. Tie a wick the length of the candle to the center of a piece of wire and run the wire across the top of the mold to hold the wick in the center of the candle. Let the wick run down the center of the melted wax.
Ahhh found my favorite PEAR scene that I instantly thought of when I read SWEET EVIL. Hope you enjoy for it is one of my favorites.
Seth: What's that like? What's it taste like? Describe it like Hemingway.
Maggie: Well, it tastes like a pear. You don't know what a pear tastes like?
Seth: I don't know what a pear tastes like to you.
Maggie: Sweet, juicy, soft on your tongue, grainy like a sugary sand that dissolves in your mouth. How's that?
Seth: It's perfect.
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