Nose in a Book Reviews: Trailer Trash: an 80’s Memoir by Angie Cavallari @Suburbtastic

Trailer Trash: an '80s Memoir

A nostalgic 80’s romp through Tampa trailer park living

“My Mother hated being cold.”  This is the opening line of chapter two, that leads you down the rabbit hole of Cavallari’s youth living in the impoverished ghettos of the American trailer park.

The story weaves the tale of Angie’s life as her parents uproot her family from the frigid Chicago winters and into the steamy swamp of central Florida.  After intense pressure from her Grandmother, Angie’s parents decide to purchase the Pelican Mobile Home Park, situated near the dilapidated remnants of the Godfather’s Lounge, a local watering hole for the downtrodden.   The tale is told through chapter-length vignettes, each more captivating than the last.  The cast of neighborly characters often feel so perfectly imperfect, they must be a figment of Cavallari’s imagination, rather than taken from her actual youth.  Her storytelling and descriptions transport you right into the story.

Cavallari’s life was difficult, with a narcissistic, bully of a mother and a childhood that was filled more with taking care of the trailer park than playing with children her own age.   She details her struggle with her weight when she was young and how it severely affected her psyche, all the while spinning it with a comedic undertone that leaves you shaking your head in wonder and fascination.

I enjoyed the liberal peppering of eighties pop culture nostalgia, as well as the musical references found throughout.  It was fun remembering my own youth during that same time frame and connecting with much of Angie’s childhood, even though I grew up in suburban western New York.

Check out this tale featuring the underbelly of Americana that is often joked about, but rarely detailed with such an intense magnifying glass. Remember to put on your seatbelt, because it’s going to be a bumpy ride.



Angie Cavallari is an assiduous writer who has been hammering away at the craft for over 20 years. She has authored thousands of blogs and articles with some of her work featured in Huffington Post, Healthline, The Reset, SF Bay Reader, among others. A transplant to a plethora of U.S cities including her current home, Denver, Angie grew up in Florida, then moved to NYC where she picked up her husband in a bar. In spite of her propensity for wanderlust, she managed to settle down long enough to have two extraordinary kids and build a solid life with her husband of 16 years.


Launch Blitz – Nine Kinds of Naughty by Jeanette Grey



Lexie Bellamy can handle a boardroom. Relationships, however, are a minefield that always blow up. When a business trip takes her to Spain, Lexie knows she’ll have no problem closing the deal. But spending uninterrupted one-on-one time with her crazy-hot coworker might be more than she can take.

At the office, Lexie gets to call the shots. But this trip is the perfect opportunity for Dane Huntley to show his gorgeous boss how good it can feel when someone else takes charge…

Miles away from home, giving in to Dane’s naughty commands feels so easy. But when the trip is over, Lexie’s determined to go back to their professional relationship. Dane, though, has other ideas. He’ll have to prove that what they’ve found together is real… and he has no intention of letting go.

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Nine Kinds of Naughty (Art of Passion, #3)Nine Kinds of Naughty by Jeanette Grey

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


Genre:  BDSM Erotica

I adore Jeanette Grey’s writings – unfortunately, I don’t love BDSM. So while I enjoyed this book, I skimmed some of the smexy times because I just couldn’t get into it. That’s not the fault of the author, but of my reading preference. I can’t wait to read the next in her series, hopefully about the third sibling, Ethan.

The story revolves around Lexie, a workaholic who’s struggled to gain the approval of her family for her entire life. Her newest assistant, Dane is built like a linebacker, with a face that drops panties. The attraction between the two simmers, but come Friday evening, Dane is off the clock and wants to do anything but work in the stifling office.

When Lexie decides to try and buyout a Spanish company, she delivers the news that Dane needs to accompany her for however long the trip will last. The pair just can’t resist the attraction when left on a private plane, all by themselves.

The story was interesting, the characters compelling and the plot was well paced. There are lots of sexy times between the pair that steam up the pages.

I recommend this entire series – so while you can read this as a stand alone, why would you want to when there are two others to enjoy as well?

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Jeanette Grey started out with degrees in physics and painting, which she dutifully applied to stunted careers in teaching, technical support, and advertising. When she isn’t writing, Jeanette enjoys making pottery, playing board games, and spending time with her husband and her pet frog. She lives, loves, and writes in upstate New York.









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Review: Off Base by Annabeth Albert

Off Base (Out of Uniform, #1)Off Base by Annabeth Albert
My rating: 4 of 5 stars


Genre: LGBT Romance

Another hot and heartwarming read by Annabeth Albert. This series also touches on her Gaymers series, so it was lovely to see some of the characters from that series in here too.

The story revolves around Zach, a closeted, virgin, Navy SEAL who’s from a very religiously conservative family and Pike, an out and proud professor.

Zach is tired of dealing with the homophobia he witnesses every day while going through SEAL training and needs to get off base and find his own safe space for his down time. His commanding officer has a rental house that needs some repair and offers Zach a deal to live there while performing the repairs necessary to the place. The downside is that Zach doesn’t know anything about home repair.

In comes his restoration saving grace, Pike.  Friends with Zach’s best friend, Pike’s looking for a place to live in San Diego after being offered a visiting professor gig at the University. Reluctantly, Zach offers him a place to stay, knowing the attraction he’s felt for Pike in the past.

The story weaves around Zach’s intense fear of being outed all the while falling in love with his roommate while Pike needs to figure out if dating a closeting man is worth the hassle and heartbreak.

Another lovely tale brought to life in the hands of Albert. Check it out if you like hot military men who are sexually confused but know how to give orders.

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Review: Wrapped Together by Annabeth Albert

Wrapped Together (Portland Heat, #5)Wrapped Together by Annabeth Albert
My rating: 4 of 5 stars


Genre:  Holiday LGBT Romance

Annabeth doesn’t disappoint with the new holiday story from her Portland Heat series.

This story revolves around two longtime friends, the uptight stationary shop owner, Hollis and the laidback flirty Sawyer. The pair has known each other since childhood, and with the marriage between their twin siblings, they’re now actually family.

Hollis was burned by a lover long ago and can’t seem to open up and allow himself to be vulnerable. Sawyer appears to have the attention span of a toddler, jumping from one partner and hobby to another without much thought. This frightens Hollis, worried he would be the next hobby or partner to be cast aside. When Sawyer bets Hollis he can get him to enjoy the Holidays despite his lingering grief of his parent’s death a few years prior, Hollis takes him up on it.

Sawyer takes the challenge to show Hollis all the joy he’s missing out on by being stuck in his solitary, grief-stricken life, hoping it will bring them closer together in the process.

The story was short, sweet and well paced. If you’re looking for a Lovely little holiday story to keep you warm this year, check out Wrapped Together.

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Review: Let it Snow by Jeanette Grey

Let it SnowLet it Snow by Jeanette Grey

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


Genre: Holiday Romance

Baby, it’s cold outside, and all I want to be is inside warm with you.
Whew, this was a lovely little novella to get your holiday spirit pumping!

Sam and Holly pulled the short draw straw and had to work the closing shift at the bookstore they work at a few days before Christmas. The only problem? A blizzard descended upon them while they were busy stocking shelves, and are now forced to spend the night.
The real problem is how do you spend the night with someone you’ve had a crush on for months but haven’t told them?

Sam and Holly fumble around their attraction over the course of the evening. They each have their reasons to be closed off, but when they open themselves up to be vulnerable, they realize love and understanding might be right under their noses.

A lovely holiday read to get you into the spirit of the season.

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Review: How to Keep Rolling After a Fall by Karole Cozzo

How to Keep Rolling After a FallHow to Keep Rolling After a Fall by Karole Cozzo

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


Genre: Young Adult

This one I devoured in one night of insomnia. I really enjoyed this story about teenagers whose lives change in an instant and the impact that befalls them. I enjoyed the growth in Nikki and how wonderful Pax was to her when she needed someone to believe in her.

Nikki’s life crumbles around her when her circle of friends post incriminating photos of a drunk girl on Nikki’s Facebook page. Even though the gaggle of girls all participate, it’s Nikki who’s forced to deal with the consequences and expulsion from her school. A social pariah in her town, she’s forced to figure out how to start over at a new school when people already hate her.

Nikki meets Pax at the rehabilitation facility she’s working at to fulfill her community service hours. Pax is wheelchair bound due to a car accident that left him paralyzed. He’s worked hard for the last few years to accept his new life and befriends Nikki when she needs it most.

I enjoyed this story, and the plot moved along quite nicely. The writing was solid, and the relationship between Nikki and Pax blooms naturally. If you like uplifting Y/A stories, this one will leave you with some feels without too much angst.

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Review: All Note Long by Annabeth Albert

All Note Long (Perfect Harmony, #3)All Note Long by Annabeth Albert

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


Genre: LGBT Romance

Aww… I really liked this one. Michelin was such a dichotomy – he’s this confident and larger than life on the stage when he’s playing, but when he’s out of the spotlight, he becomes reserved and unsure of himself.

When a chance meeting with Lucky, a go-go dancer from a WeHo nightclub, Michelin’s life is suddenly turned upside down.

When the tabloids start flaunting photos around of Michelin and Lucky in a compromising position, claiming it to be solicitation. Michelin’s record label decides maybe him having a boyfriend would make the fans swallow him being gay a little bit easier. Threatening not to release his album unless he makes Lucky his boyfriend du jour.

The only problem is Michelin and Lucky want it to be real.

The usual back and forth of misunderstandings and miscommunication happens. Michelin’s conflict about coming out so suddenly and what that means to him and his career is so palpable. Lucky’s feelings about not being a ‘kept’ man are so weighty and meaningful to who he his as a person, a dancer, and a boyfriend.

I haven’t read the other stories in this series, but this title read just fine as a standalone. Check this story out; I promise it won’t disappoint.

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