Book Review: How to Barter for Paradise


Michael Wigge is back with “How to Barter for Paradise” which tells of his journey through 14 countries, trading up from an apple to a house in Hawaii.  Yes, he traded an apple for a house in Hawaii. (Although not quite that simply.)  I have previously reviewed Michael’s other book How to Travel the World For Free so I was pretty excited to read about his adventures and see how he ended up trading an apple for a house.

The story was really quite fascinating and he meets a lot of interesting characters along the way.  Some don’t want to barter, some are all for it and others want to sue him.

In the end, Baterman, as he becomes to be known, does end up getting the house in Hawaii and I am amazed.

Once again, not sure that what he does is for me – but I certainly admire him for having a dream and figuring out a way to make it happen – no matter how crazy or out there it may seem to be to others.

I received a free e-copy of this book in order to write this review. I was not otherwise compensated.

About the Book

Most people like to travel in comfort, but Michael Wigge isn’t like most people. After traveling the world without money for 150 days, he faces his next big challenge: turning an apple into a house in Hawaii.

Wigge visits fourteen countries and six continents exchanging goods for more valuable ones, and he meets an array of good-humored people who take his deals. Taking on his Barterman persona, he trades the apple for sixteen cigarettes in Germany; a couple of trades later in India, he fixes up a motorized rickshaw and trades it for silk; in Australia, a millionaire amuses himself by offering him an art piece for the silk if Wigge feeds a wild crocodile. Finally, he arrives in Hawaii armed with two bicycles, a surfboard, Portuguese porcelain, three solid-gold coins, a Porsche wristwatch, a record by musician Coati Mundi and an accompanying contract for 25 percent of the proceeds from his next single, a voucher for a twonight stay in a mansion in Los Angeles, and a piece of original artwork by painter Alex Stenzel—now he just has to find someone to give him a house in exchange.

On the two hundred–day journey around the world, Wigge makes forty-two trades and meets strange, kind, funny, friendly, eccentric, and good-natured people who help him in his quest. It’s a journey you won’t want to miss!

Book Review: Definitely Naughty

definitelynaughtyDefinitely Naughty is another Cosmo Red Hot Reads from Harlequin. (And another Christmas themed book that I haven’t been able to review until now. That’s the downside to selecting so many books and trying to only do 1 post a day!)  Aubrey is a window dresser at a Broadway Lingerie Boutique in New York City.  When she thinks that she is not going to come up with something for the windows by Christmas Eve Eve, she leaves the shop only to have a “Hot Guys” Trading Card fall into her hand from the sky!  Liam is a hot detective and a Mets fan! (Which makes Aubrey say ‘Ugh’ and made me almost not finish the book!)

Aubrey thinks that maybe Liam can be her muse and give her inspiration for the windows that she has to design and calls him up to meet.  Apparently with the hot guy cards you’re supposed to call who submitted the person as the hot guy, but Aubrey just tells Liam that she did and asks him to meet her at a bar.  He agrees and she asks if he will be her muse and have “lots and lots” of sex with her until Christmas Eve Eve, when is the big unveiling for the window.

Somehow, he agrees. (I mean, I guess if he didn’t, we wouldn’t have much of a book now would we?)  But both of them end up falling for each other even though their original plan had an end date.  Will Aubrey push Liam away? Will Liam let her if she tries? Hmm… read the book to find out 😉

This book was just over 100 pages and an easy read on a snowy afternoon!

I received a free e-copy of this book in order to write this review, I was not otherwise compensated.

About the Book

Single Gal Seeks Naughty Inspiration

Aubrey Hayes @windowUndresser

Window dressing at Le Muse lingerie = best job ever. LOVE. But must design The Ultimate Window Display Of Hot Sex before Xmas. #panic 24h

A Hot Guys Trading Card just fell from the sky. Could this beautiful piece of man be my muse? It’s raining men. #hallelujah23h

OMFG, Detective Liam Flynn even hotter in person. May explode into a million pieces of lusty lady bits. #HandcuffMeNow 15h

It’s on. Have convinced the über-hot cop to be my naughty muse until Xmas. Two weeks of sex, here I come! *ahem* 14h

Muse Plan already working. Creative juices flowing. And Detective Liam Hotness is the best “inspiration” ever. Owe the Fates BIG time. 8h

But I only have him until Christmas. Keep it together, Aubrey—and DON’T fall for him. #SexNotLove 3m

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