YouTube!

Hey there.

I thought I’d do something a little bit different today and talk about my favourite YouTube channels, instead of reviewing books.

I watch a lot of YouTube. Like A LOT.

I’m not much of a tv person, so this is what I tend to do on breaks, or when I am trying to convince myself to get up in the morning.

I prefer family vloggers but I also follow some others as well. These are the YouTubers I am in love with right now.

JesssFam: JesssFam, formally known as Gabe and Jesss, is definitely the channel that I have been following the longest. Eight freaking years now! She has definitely had some ups and downs but I love her positivity. She and her husband Chris have a blended family of 7 children (5 full-time and 2 part-time). Chris and Jess have a fantastic relationship with her oldest daughter’s biological father (Gabe) and his family. Gabe and his wife are actually their best friends so this is definitely a good example of co-parenting on YouTube! I also find Jess to be super relateable because she is “real” and young.

Our Gathered Nest: This is a family living in the Southern United States with 7 kids. They have a blended family of biological and adopted children. I only discovered them recently and have been binging on their channel. I love how positive and real their story is as well. Adoption is something I have always been interested in so this is probably why I am so drawn to them. The video I linked is about a year and a half old, so the twins weren’t born yet, leaving them with “only” five kids in the video, but it is a great summary of how their family came to be!

Violin MD: This is the Q&A / vlogging channel of a pretty, young, compassionate female doctor in Ontario, who is currently finishing up her first year of residency in internal medicine at a major teaching hospital. She has recently started a series of on-call vlogging videos, which is a 26 hour hospital shift! She has explained how the medical system works in a lot of different scenarios and has brought a unique perspective to the vlogging community! She was recently named one of YouTube’s Rising Stars.

This is how we Bingham: This is another family daily vlogging channel, based out of Utah. They have four children in the home and another who visits, but lives predominately with her mother in Cali. I love their videos and they are family friendly (actually, all the channels I am recommending are), and Mormon (like me!). I love their closeness with the extended family and because the dad Brandon travels for work, you often get super cool footage, like swimming with sharks in Tahiti!

Money After Grad: Money After Grad / Bridget Casey is a personal finance blogger that I have been following for a couple of years now. Her videos all used to be about PF issues, but since she announced her pregnancy, she has been blending those with family update videos. She did pregnancy updates and now releases videos about her adorable little baby and adventures in solo Mommyhood as a self-employed person (this is her first child and she is not with the Daddy). Her daughter is now 6 months and I just watched that update video! She still does financial education videos as well.

Gardner Quad Squad: I have been watching this family on YouTube since their viral announcement that they were expecting quadruplet girls. The kids were conceived through IVF and although doctors gave them about a 40% chance of conceiving one child, both eggs “took” and then split, to give them two sets of identical twins! They used to be daily vloggers but have dropped down to once a week. They are also a Mormon family out of Utah and “vlogger besties” with the Binghams, so you will see them in each other’s videos from time to time.

I hope you enjoy checking out some of these channels. I will get back to my regular book reviews shortly, I just felt like writing a little something different tonight!

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Obsession Mine by Anna Zaires

This is the second book in the trilogy. To read my preview of book one, please click here.

Obsession Mine is available for pre-order today and will be released on 14th November 2017. I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

obsession

I stole her in the night. Caged her because I can’t live without her. She’s my love, my addiction, my obsession.

I will do anything to keep Sara mine.

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Anna Zaires is the reigning Queen of dark romance in my world. I loved her Twist Me and Capture Me series, and now the current WIP has stolen top spot.

I absolutely loved both Tormentor Mine and Obsession Mine. This book starts off immediately from where the previous one ends, which is certainly an action-packed couple of chapters, as Peter is kidnapping Sara, stealing her away from the world!

Sara becomes a true captive of Peter, even more so than when he was living in her house because he has taken her away from her family, her friends and her patients. I think that the lack of work is the hardest to adjust to for Sara. She is a workaholic who fills emotional needs through her efforts as an OB-GYN and to suddenly have days that are mostly empty is difficult to reconcile, especially given the circumstances.

It is difficult to believe, but the sex just gets hotter in this instalment! And it is now beyond obvious that there will be a third concluding book in this trilogy, something I was hoping for though it also means having to suffer through the months of waiting for the conclusion. Anna, please write quickly!

Some of the sex in Obsession Mine is of dubious consent and there is an oral rape scene. Please read the tags for this blog post if you are concerned about triggers.

The only thing that struck me as odd in this book is the limited amount of time spent developing relationships between Sara and Peter’s team, in the first half of the story at least. I expected them to have more interaction right off given the circumstances and hope those secondary characters will be expanded on in the next book because they all deserve their own trilogies!

I also really wanted Sara to have a full-fledged freak-out at some point, and the bathtub scene on her first day at the safe house seemed perfect. Readers of the first book will remember that before Peter and Sara became romantically entangled, he tortured her for information, and part of this was him water-boarding her. She has PTSD and an angry Peter standing over her in the bathtub should have triggered this.

Otherwise, an exceptional book that I will be re-reading again and again while I wait for the concluding part in this series!

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