Month: August 2016

Top 5 Wednesday: Books I Will Never Read

Posted August 31, 2016 by Rowena in Features | 12 Comments


Top 5 Wednesday was created by Lainey at Ginger Reads Lainey but is hosted by Sam at Thoughts on Tomes. You can read more about this meme on the Goodreads Group here.

This weeks topic is:

August 31st: Books You Will Never Read

–Whether it’s from a series that you have outgrown or don’t wish to continue, or they are popular books that just don’t interest you, let us know what you don’t plan on reading.

This one was a lot harder than I thought it would be.

1. Beautiful Disaster (Beautiful #!) by Jamie McGuire.

The new Abby Abernathy is a good girl. She doesn’t drink or swear, and she has the appropriate number of cardigans in her wardrobe. Abby believes she has enough distance from the darkness of her past, but when she arrives at college with her best friend, her path to a new beginning is quickly challenged by Eastern University’s Walking One-Night Stand.

Travis Maddox, lean, cut, and covered in tattoos, is exactly what Abby needs—and wants—to avoid. He spends his nights winning money in a floating fight ring, and his days as the ultimate college campus charmer. Intrigued by Abby’s resistance to his appeal, Travis tricks her into his daily life with a simple bet. If he loses, he must remain abstinent for a month. If Abby loses, she must live in Travis’s apartment for the same amount of time. Either way, Travis has no idea that he has met his match.

I’ve got a thing about authors behaving badly, having been one of those bloggers attacked by an author who didn’t like my review of her book. I will have you know that my shopping lists have gotten much better since then. 😉 So when I see authors using their fans to do evil, I won’t support them and I won’t read their stuff. On top of that, I heard from readers who have read this book that there is abuse all over this book and Travis Maddox just isn’t someone that I want to get to know.

2. Crash (Crash #1) by Drew Jordan.

The greatest love stories begin with blood…

There is blood. There is pain. And there is him. These are the first things I register when I wake up, the lone survivor in an Alaskan plane crash. He carries me to safety over rough terrain and brings me to his cabin in the woods. He has no name. Or none he will tell me.

As snow creeps across the harsh and isolated landscape, he is my only company. My protector, my caretaker. A fascinating enigma, with mysterious eyes, gentle hands, and a rough voice that demands more from me than I ever expected to give. I make up different stories, different names for him depending on his mood, because I know nothing about him except that he is my only connection to the real world I want to return to. So I work to please him, plotting my escape, yet all while I start to crave him and every touch of his dominating body.

He has saved me from the cold. From death. But in taking me and my body, will he destroy me?

This is one of those books that came across my radar because it was added to one of my book friend’s “never going to read” bookshelves on Goodreads. I was reading through the synopsis and then through readers and there were a few people that enjoyed this book but…nope. This doesn’t sound like something I’d ever want to read.

3. Quinn (Undaunted Men #1) by J.C. Cliff.

Fearless and determined, Quinn is the perfect man for the job the Moretti mob has in mind: track down missing mafia princess, Alexis Moretti, and bring her home.

What starts out as a simple task to repay an old debt turns into so much more than he bargained for… And so does she.

As Quinn and Lexi grow close, she becomes more than just his mission. But Lexi and Quinn are both keeping secrets–secrets that could destroy their blossoming romance just as quickly as it ignited. When Lexi’s past catches up with them, secrets and lies will be revealed, and the ultimate test of forgiveness will be upon them both.

This was another of those authors behaving badly things and I’m not here for that so while I wanted to read it at first…I changed my tune once I saw all of the fuckery around this author and her shenanigans.

4. Eleven on Top (Stephanie Plum #11) by Janet Evanovich.

Stephanie Plum is thinking her career as a fugitive apprehension agent has run its course. She’s been shot at, spat at, cussed at, fire-bombed, mooned, and attacked by dogs. Stephanie thinks it’s time for a change. So she quits. She wants something safe and normal. But the kind of trouble she had at the bail bonds office can’t compare to the kind of trouble she finds herself facing now…

Stephanie is stalked by a maniac returned from the grave for the sole purpose of putting her into a burial plot of her own. He’s killed before, and he’ll kill again if given the chance. Caught between staying far away from the bounty hunter business and staying alive, Stephanie reexamines her life and the possibility that being a bounty hunter is the solution rather than the problem. After disturbingly brief careers at the button factory, Kan Klean Dry Cleaners, and Cluck-in-a-Bucket, Stephanie takes an office position in security, working for Ranger, the sexiest, baddest bounty hunter and businessman on two continents. Tempers and temperatures rise as competition ratchets up between the two men in her life — her on-again, off-again boyfriend, tough Trenton cop Joe Morelli, and her boss, Ranger. Can Stephanie Plum take the heat? Can you?

I read this series all the way up to book 10 and then I gave up. I gave up on Stephanie. On Morelli. On this series. I got bored with everything going on and felt like this series was going nowhere so I quit it and will probably never finish this series even though I still bought the books. *sigh*

5. Hunted (House of Night #5) by P.C. & Kristin Cast.

What if the hottest guy in the world was hiding a nameless evil, and all he wanted was you? At the start of this heart-pounding new installment of the bestselling House of Night series, Zoey’s friends have her back again and Stevie Rae and the red fledglings aren’t Neferet’s secrets any longer. But an unexpected danger has emerged. Neferet guards her powerful new consort, Kalona, and no one at the House of Night seems to understand the threat he poses. Kalona looks gorgeous, and he has the House of Night under his spell. A past life holds the key to breaking his rapidly spreading influence, but what if this past life shows Zoey secrets she doesn’t want to hear and truths she can’t face?

This is another series that I broke up with. Zoey was doing the most up until this book. Every hot guy that came to school loved her and I’m sorry but how realistic is that? And she kept making stupid ass decisions and I just couldn’t anymore. So I’ll never read this book.

What about you? Are there any books out there that you will never read? Which books?

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Week in Books (32)

Posted August 29, 2016 by Rowena in Features | 20 Comments

Week in Books v2

My weekend kind of reminded me of an episode of The Hills. I had a girly lunch with my bestie where we ate at a trendy restaurant and then went shopping at the mall and joked about getting matching best friend necklaces that we’d wear every day for the rest of our lives like we were 12 again. It was great.

Brenna and I also decided to make some changes in our lives and work toward a goal that we’re both excited and scared about but know that the changes will bring about some serious blessings for us so we’re all in. 🙂 It meant a lot to me that Brenna approached me about these specific changes and I’m so happy.

Currently Reading

Bedmates (American Royalty #1) by Nichole Chase.

From the bestselling author of Suddenly Royal comes the first in a sparkling new series about America’s favorite royal—the First Daughter.

Everyone makes mistakes, especially in college. But when you’re the daughter of the President of the United States, any little slip up is a huge embarrassment. Maddie McGuire’s latest error in judgment lands her in police custody, giving the press a field day. Agreeing to do community service as penance and to restore her tattered reputation, Maddie never dreams incredibly good looking but extremely annoying vice president’s son, Jake Simmon, will be along for the ride.

Recently returning from Afghanistan with a life-altering injury, Jake is wrestling with his own demons. He doesn’t have the time or patience to deal with the likes of Maddie. They’re like oil and water and every time they’re together, it’s combustible. But there’s a thin line between love and hate, and it’s not long before their fiery arguments give way to infinitely sexier encounters.

When Jake receives devastating news about the last remaining member of his unit, the darkness he’s resisted for so long begins to overwhelm him. Scared to let anyone close, he pushes Maddie away. But she isn’t about to give up on Jake that easily. Maddie’s fallen for him, and she’ll do anything to keep him from the edge as they both discover that love is a battlefield and there are some fights you just can’t lose.

I thought that I would have finished this book over the weekend but my friend Grace made sure that didn’t happen by introducing me to Tom Chandler and the rest of the swoonworthy guys on the USS Nathan James from TNT’s The Last Ship. I’m binge watching the heck out of that show so I didn’t pick up a book at all this weekend. Dangit.

I did start this book on Friday though and read some this morning. I read enough to know that I’m probably going to like this one. It’s interesting and already I’m loving the hero. I can’t wait to get to know him some more.


The Trouble with Mistletoe (Heartbreaker Bay #2) by Jill Shalvis | 3.5 out of 5
Just One Week by Alice Gaines | 1 out of 5
Do You Want to Start a Scandal (Spindle Cove #5) by Tessa Dare | 4.25 out of 5

My favorite read of the week is hands down Do You Want to Start a Scandal by Tessa Dare. It was everything that I hoped Charlotte’s story would be and Piers was a fantastic choice of hero for Charlotte. Oh man, that book was great even though I wanted to strangle Piers here and there.

My least favorite read of the week is another hands down situation since there wasn’t a thing about Just One Week by Alice Gaines that I liked. I just…can’t with that book. The couple got on my nerves and the rest of the characters had the potential to be great additions but turned out to be rather two dimensional without much fleshing out to them. *shrugs*

Book Boyfriend

Piers Brandon from Do You Want to Start a Scandal? (Spindle Cove #5) by Tessa Dare.

“What’s your plan, Agent Brandon?” she whispered. “Do you mean to kiss me so long and so hard that I’ll forget your identity?”

“No.” His hand slid to the back of her head, tangling in her hair—so tightly she gasped. “I mean to kiss you so long and so hard that you’ll forget yours.”

Piers was my favorite hero of the week because I loved how Charlotte completely won him over throughout the course of the book. He had the sound sense of falling for my favorite heroine of the year. Charlotte was amazing and everything that she came to love Piers for got me too. I loved Piers, even when he thought he could manipulate Charlotte…in the end, he redeemed himself and I just absolutely loved him.



I swear that I’m writing reviews for Book Binge, they’re just not going up. *shrugs* Maybe next week.


The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
Fighting for Devlin (Lost Boys #1) by Jessica Lemmon
Play On (Lewis Creek #1) by Michelle Smith
Game On (Lewis Creek #2) by Michelle Smith

The Girl on the Train is my book club read for next month and since I didn’t have that one, I had to go out and buy it but I’m low key excited to start that one. It’s different from what we normally read for book club so it’ll be a nice change…at least I’m hoping it will be.

I got Shut Up and Kiss Me for review so I wanted to read the first book in that series before jumping into my review copy.

The Michelle Smith books are books that have been blogged about and caught my interest so I had to to get my hands on them.

For Review

Shut Up and Kiss Me (Lost Boys #2) by Jessica Lemmon

There you have it, my week in books. How did your week go?

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Eye Candy Friday: Jake Becker

Posted August 26, 2016 by Rowena in Features | 12 Comments


This week’s Eye Candy Friday is Jake Becker from Sustained by Emma Chase. Sustained is the second book in the Legal Briefs series and it’s my absolute favorite book of the bunch…just like Jake is my favorite hero in that series.

I love how Jake went from this:

“So…what’s the typical schedule with the whole dating thing? How long before one gets to the actual fucking?”

“Three dates,” they all answer simultaneously.

My eyebrows raise. “Three dates? Seriously? Are you guys, like…more religious than I ever knew?”

To this:

“Oooh…Aunt Chelsea called Jake the D-word!”

Rory’s voice carries into the kitchen. “Dipshit?”





“What’s a douchebag?”

“Rory!” Chelsea and I yell at exactly the same time.”

And this:

“When you take everything else away — money, clothes, nice cars, big houses — all a man has is his word. That he says exactly what he says. If a man doesn’t have his word, he´s not a man.”

But mostly this:

“I want her – this fearless, stunning woman. And I want the kids. Those perfect, awful, amazing children – whom she loves with every inch of her soul. I want them to be mine. Mine to hold, mine to protect and teach. Their joy, their laughter, their love. I want to come home to it, bask in it, be the reason for it.

But even more than that, I want to deserve them.”

Seriously, this was me for most of this book:

I loved seeing the growth in Jake’s character. He went from being the womanizing bachelor to this really stand up guy who fell in love with not just the heroine of the book but her nieces and nephews…and there are a lot of nieces and nephews. I really loved how he became that family’s champion and he was ready to do anything and everything to make sure that they were alright.

This is how I pictured Jake in my head, complete with tattoos and kids:

Jake Becker

Jake Becker 2

If you haven’t read this book, I urge to fix that because it’s a definite treat. It’s charming, funny and just a whole lot of fun. You won’t regret it.

Buy the Book

Sustained (Legal Briefs #2) by Emma Chase
August 25, 2015
Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo

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