ARC Review – Random & Rare Plus Author Cat Porter’s Guilty Pleasures

Posted March 10, 2015 by DiDi in #Giveaway, Guilty Pleasures, MC Romances, Purest Delight, Release Blitz, Reviews / 1 Comment

I didn’t even realize I needed Dig’s story until I read it. Random & Rare truly enriches the story told in Lock & Key. Dig’s story is beautiful, heartbreaking, and tragic. There were moments in this book that were so perfect, they gave me chills. ~ JavaGirl, Guilty Pleasures 



Cat Porter’s Top 5 Guilty Pleasures

  1. Watching American TV on Hulu Plus

Since we moved to Europe, the advent of online television has been really exciting. After so long, we’re finally able to access American television shows through Hulu Plus instead of snippets on YouTube or shady download sites. One of my greatest guilty pleasures is being able to keep up with late night talk shows, TV series, and even a soap opera via my laptop whenever I choose, any time of day or night on my own schedule as I’m curled up on my sofa.

  1. My husband’s homemade wine

The area where we live is one of the many vineyard provinces of Greece and many people have their own small vineyards and olive groves and produce their own organic fruit. My husband has gotten to be friends with a few of these local garden hobbyists and learned from them how to put together a variety of grapes to create our own crisp white wine and smooth Cabernet-like red varieties. He built a small shed in our garden, bought small stainless steel barrels, and created our mystical Mediterranean potions. Over time they mature, and when they’re at their peak, these wines are amazing. They’re very flavorful and so pure, you never get a headache as there are no preservatives or chemical additives. It’s hard to stop drinking! And it’s great to know excellent wine is available to me whenever I wish, which, frankly, is pretty damn often.

  1. My new Kindle Paperwhite

For years I’ve been reading e-books on my iPad, either through Kindle or iBooks. I decided to purchase a Paperwhite recently, as my iPad battery drains of power so quickly, and my kids liked to use the tablet to play games. Although I still prefer the color screen of the iPad while reading, the Paperwhite’s small size and light weight, and long battery life have been a revelation! My favorite guilty pleasure since childhood has been reading in bed late at night under the covers, and now I don’t have to worry about wrist strain or the heavy iPad bonking me in the head or falling off the bed if I happen to fall asleep while reading!

  1. My homemade tiramisu

I love baking and making sweet treats, I find it very therapeutic and a great hobby especially with my kids. A favorite dessert of mine and my husband’s has always been tiramisu, but when the kids came along, I made it my mission to find a recipe that did not use raw eggs. Eventually I had to cut and paste a few different recipes and finally came up with one that works beautifully. I even found a good recipe for homemade chocolate flavored lady fingers to use. The flavors, the texture– there’ s nothing like it! Now this recipe has become our super special family dessert, especially on the holidays.

  1. The beach cafes in our town

We live in a small beach town just outside of Athens. Greece is a full on café society, and a fundamental part of that Mediterranean lifestyle is to take the time to sit back and enjoy yourself in stimulating or peaceful surroundings. Going to a café is serious business, and is a part of normal life, but to me it’s still a special treat. Of course, every café embodies a different personality, style and atmosphere, and it’s been a pleasure to explore the ones in our town, especially in the quiet non-touristy months of winter, and soak in their fantastic views of the sea and the mountains as I lounge, sipping on a tasty coffee. It can get pricey though, so it’s something we do on occasion, and I deeply appreciate it each and every time.



Random & Rare (Lock & Key #2)

Release Date: March 10th, 2015


Special 0.99 price for preorder and limited time after release


I am that gash in her soul.
Once I loved Grace, really loved her.
And she loved me, and it was so fucking beautiful.
That pendulum swings to and fro.
We’re here,
and then we’re—
How can that rare beautiful be rendered irrelevant, intangible when I still feel so damn much?
Does all that energy, that glory, that significance simply dissolve?
Turn to smoke?
To nothing?
It can’t. It just can’t.
Are the moments that shape us absolutely random?
Is time not fluid?
I made promises to them, to her.
Especially to her.
Promises I still burn to keep.

Review copy provided for an honest review



I loved Cat Porter’s debut novel, LOCK & KEY, and was anticipating reading the next book in the purestdelightawardseries, a book I assumed would be about another member of the One-Eyed Jacks, but Cat Porter rarely does the expected. RANDOM & RARE is a prequel to LOCK & KEY, told mostly from Dig Quillen’s POV. It’s a different story than the one Grace told in LK, although they certainly have both characters and events in common. This is Dig’s story; his history, the events that shaped and formed him into the man that Grace loved, and he tells it beautifully. It answers several questions from LK, even questions I didn’t realize I had. I thoroughly enjoyed watching all the pieces of the puzzle fall into place. Dig’s story is tragic and heartbreaking, and I was in tears many times. Although ultimately tragic, there is plenty of fun, happiness, and romance to Dig and Grace’s early story. He is a much more complex, complicated man that I originally thought him to be. His background and early life was surprising, and yet, not. It explained so much about why he lived his life as he did and the choices he made; how a random event can change…everything. Dig questioned what his and Grace’s lives would have been like, had certain events never occurred. As different as they are, I was reminded of one of my favorite movies, It’s A Wonderful Life. Like George Bailey’s life, Dig Quillen’s life and his decisions had a lasting impact on countless people that continued years after his death.

This was not a quick read for me. It should have been, but I knew the inevitable conclusion (since I had read LK), and I just couldn’t bear to go through that again. It was such an emotional experience the first time, I wasn’t sure I could watch Dig die a second time. However, it was impossible for me to stop reading this book. I’m happy to say that I survived it. In fact, it wasn’t as painful as I expected it to be. I have a feeling It was as hard for Ms. Porter to write as it was for me to read. Grace finishes up the last third of the book, which was unexpected for me. The epilogue in LK pretty much wrapped up her life with Miller and their family, so I wasn’t sure what else Grace had to tell us. It turns out that Grace still had a lot of story to tell. Trust me, it’s a story you won’t want to miss.





About Author

Cat Porter was born and raised in New York City, but also spent a few years in Europe and Texas along the way. As an introverted, only child, she had very big, but very secret dreams for herself. She graduated from Vassar College, was a struggling actress, an art gallery girl, special events planner, freelance writer, restaurant hostess and had all sorts of other crazy jobs all hours of the day and night to help make her dreams come true. She has two children’s books traditionally published under her maiden name. She now lives in Athens, Greece with her husband and three children, and freaks out regularly and still daydreams way too much. She is addicted to the History Channel, her iPad, her husband’s homemade red wine, really dark chocolate, and her Nespresso coffee machine. Writing keeps her somewhat sane, extremely happy, and a productive member of society.





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Posted March 10, 2015 by DiDi in #Giveaway, Guilty Pleasures, MC Romances, Purest Delight, Release Blitz, Reviews / 1 Comment

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