Treadmill Week 105 & What I #amreading – Return to Sender by Roberta Blablanski – Peaches and the Shadow by K.L. Noone – Brownies Are the Way to a Man’s Heart by Sarah Hadley Brook

Treadmill Goals/Tracking

  • Get on the treadmill (or equivalent exercise) daily
  • Pace is fine at 30 min/mile, although I may up it on occasion
  • Time range between 30 minutes and 1 hour per day
  • Distance 1-2 miles per day
  • Read the chosen book, which I won’t allow myself to read outside of my treadmill time, hopefully motivating me to reach or exceed the above goals (exception…at the end of the week where a book is highlighted, I will finish it off-treadmill so I can feature something new the next week)

Week 105: November 25, 2018 – December 1, 2018

Sunday  30 min/mile  30:46 min:sec  1 mile
Monday  30 min/mile  30:05 min:sec (plus 1-1/2 hours snow-blowing & shoveling)  1 mile
Tuesday  30 min/mile  30:25 min:sec (plus 1 hour shoveling)  1 mile
Wednesday  30 min/mile  30:06 min:sec (plus another effing 1/2 hour shoveling)  1 mile
Thursday  30 min/mile  30:09 min:sec  1 mile
Friday  30 min/mile  30:13 min:sec  1 mile
Saturday  30 min/mile  30:39 min:sec  1 mile

What I’m Reading

Note: Although I will try to avoid them, my weekly reading snippets may or may not contain spoilers, so read at your own risk.

What I #amreading:

Return to Sender by Roberta Blablanski

College professor and website designer Drew Hampton has had only one great love in his life. A loner as a teen, he found solace in art, his self-styled mullet, and the television show ALF. Then a new boy moved in next door, and he discovered love.

Mechanic Wes Harrison was thrown into adult responsibility at a young age. He’s managed to build a good life through hard work and determination; however, he hasn’t been in a relationship since high school.

Drew and Wes were deeply in love thirty years ago, but then they were torn apart. Unlucky at relationships after their separation, both men treasured memories of their one true love.

Fate intervenes and gives them a second chance. Will they rekindle their once great love and find happiness, or has too much time gone by?


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Peaches and the Shadow by K.L. Noone

At twenty-four, Ethan Aur has a lot to prove. He’s the youngest member of his family, the academic one, and the latest heir to the tradition of supernatural quests and spells and enchanted swords. The family’s always protected him and worried about him, and his older brother keeps calling to check in.

But this particular quest is Ethan’s quest, and this ghost is his problem. He’s going to solve it on his own. By any means necessary. Even if that ghost is a very handsome man, charming and confident and dominant and kind.

Jake O’Malley took one look at the newly arrived Knight and that magical Sword and those determined eyes, and now he’s aware he’s in trouble — as if he didn’t have enough problems, being the trapped and ghostly version of his 19th Century brothel-keeper bastard self. But the Knight who’s come to help is everything Jake could’ve ever wanted: brave and generous and sweet, vowing to find a way to solve Jake’s stuck-between-worlds predicament, no matter what it takes.

Even if that involves a mutually pleasurable ritual involving sexual magic.


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Brownies Are the Way to a Man’s Heart by Sarah Hadley Brook

Callum has been volunteering in the concession stand at the football stadium all season. The highlight for him is seeing the cute guy with the gorgeous green eyes in his line at every game. Never tongue-tied with men, he’s surprised at how nervous is when he finally gives the guy his phone number.

Jeremy attends the games with his brother, but the real fun for him is chatting with the hot guy behind the cash register. When Callum asks him out, they begin exchanging texts and find they live in the same apartment complex.

They decide to take things slow, but when Jeremy bakes a fresh batch of brownies, will the lure of chocolate move the guys in the right direction?


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My favorite lines this week:

✿✿ SUNDAY ✿✿ (Return to Sender)

His eyes were framed by thick, light blonde lashes, a spectacular contrast to his vibrant, deep blue eyes. I sunk into those pools of coolness as the warmth from his hand traveled up my arm and neck to heat my face.

The shutting of the front door effectively broke the weirdly charged moment. My mom must be home from work.

✿✿ MONDAY ✿✿ (Return to Sender)

“I’m going out,” I shouted to my mom before slamming the front door shut. I raced down the stairs, stopping only when I reached the gate. At the risk of being late and miss meeting Wes, I paused, taking deep breaths to calm my racing heart. This meeting could be the end of our friendship, or the beginning of something more.

✿✿ TUESDAY ✿✿ (Return to Sender)

The glass slipped through my fingers and shattered into a million pieces on the tile floor. 

“Drew? Drew, are you okay?”

“I’ll have to call you back.” I ended the call with a shaky hand and stared down at the tiny shards of glass.

✿✿ WEDNESDAY ✿✿ (Peaches and the Shadow)

Ethan made a very rude gesture at his phone, and by extension his sibling, and his sibling’s expensive tailored suit and irritatingly detailed memory.

✿✿ THURSDAY ✿✿ (Peaches and the Shadow)

Finally Jake said, slowly, “I’d say you’ve gone right off the rails, peaches, but you look like you think you can…”

“I mean. Maybe. I’ve never done this before. And also. Um.” He squared shoulders. “You might have to have sex with me.”

✿✿ FRIDAY ✿✿ (Brownies Are the Way to a Man’s Heart)

Was that why he felt so pulled toward Jeremy? Because even though he barely knew the guy, he wanted to get to know him. Wanted to ask him out on a real date and see where it went.

✿✿ SATURDAY ✿✿ (Brownies Are the Way to a Man’s Heart)

“Good…um, you?” Oh my God. It felt like he was in middle school and trying to talk to the first boy he had a crush on. “Oh, are you feeling better? Your brother told me you were sick.”


2 thoughts on “Treadmill Week 105 & What I #amreading – Return to Sender by Roberta Blablanski – Peaches and the Shadow by K.L. Noone – Brownies Are the Way to a Man’s Heart by Sarah Hadley Brook

    1. Yes, it was a shorty week!

      Ha…NOT! I especially didn’t appreciate the load left by the street plow. I got my driveway done the first day, the 2nd two days were taking care of the frozen boulders at the end of the driveway. Grrrrr. 🤨

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