Month: February 2017

Week in Books (51)

Posted February 27, 2017 by Rowena in Family, Features | 6 Comments

Week in Books v2

Happy Monday to everyone! I’ve been in a funk this past week and a lot of that had to do with the way that our basketball seasons have ended. Brenna was not supposed to go out in the first round, Meghan was supposed to make the playoffs and Kenna was supposed to beat St. Anthony’s to advance to the semi-finals. None of that happened and I’ve been struggling to move on from all that madness.

In happier news, Meghan got Player of the Year for her conference. I’m super happy for her because she’s worked so hard and sadly, it’s not enough. I’m not sure if she’s going to get to play at the next level but seriously colleges? You don’t get Player of the Year two years in a row on a fluke! Let the girl play!

My nephews, Luke and Brody (the next generation of basketball players in our family) had their last games of the season as well and we celebrated with burgers at Burger City Grill. The kids all had fun playing and eating together and the adults were able to unwind from the long week and the even longer basketball seasons.

Of all the last games, it was Kenna’s game that hurt me the most. I think it hurt her the most, too because she hasn’t been herself ever since. She’s quiet, withdrawn and just angry at the world. She worked hard and she’s frustrated with the ending to her game. Lots of miscommunication on her coaching staff during the game that ultimately led to their loss and the whole thing doesn’t sit right with her. She’s never been emotional about games but this one was hard to take and my heart hurts for my Kenna. It was hard for all of the kids but Brenna didn’t have much faith in her coach (neither did I) so she knew that it could have been her last game but Kenna’s team should have won. It should have been an easy win so it’s understandable that she’s still emotional about it. On the upside, she’s decided that she’s not done with basketball and that her and Brenna will be playing at our local college next year so I’m happy about that.

I’ve been plenty busy during my first official free week, post basketball. I rearranged my room, I cleaned out my closet, did all of our laundry and have gotten together a pile of clothes that we will be donating to the Goodwill. Very productive weekend because I even caught up on my shows while I was folding laundry and putting everything away. Woot!

Now if I could just get my reading under way, I would be set.

Currently Reading


Archangel’s Kiss (Guild Hunters #2) by Nalini Singh.

New York Times bestselling author Nalini Singh returns to her world of angelic rulers, vampiric servants, and the woman thrust into their darkly seductive world…

Vampire hunter Elena Deveraux wakes from a year-long coma to find herself changed—an angel with wings the colors of midnight and dawn—but her fragile body needs time to heal before she can take flight. Her lover, the stunningly dangerous archangel, Raphael, is used to being in control—especially when it comes to the woman he considers his own. But Elena has never done well with authority.

They’ve barely begun to understand each other when Raphael receives an invitation to a ball from the archangel, Lijuan. To refuse would be a sign of fatal weakness, so Raphael must ready Elena for the flight to Beijing—and to the nightmare that awaits them there. Ancient and without conscience, Lijuan holds a power that lies with the dead. And she has organized the most perfect and most vicious of welcomes for Elena.

After I finished Silver Silence, I had every intention of digging into this book so that I can get it read for my buddy review with Holly. Basketball messed me up so I didn’t read anything but Silver Silence. I thought I’d get some reading done this weekend but nope, I lied to myself again. It didn’t happen. Hopefully after book club tonight, I can dig into this one and get back to my review pile. I’m sure it’s good, I just have to actually read it to enjoy it. Wish me luck.

Read

Silver Silence by Nalini Singh | 4.25 out of 5

I really adored this book and am looking forward to more from this spin off of a dear to my heart world. I need the next book like…now. Right now. Ugh, trying to be patient for that will probably be the death of me. Gah.

Reviewed

The Bastard Billionaire by Jessica Lemmon | 4 out of 5
Buddy Review of Good Boy by Sarina Bowen & Elle Kennedy | 4 out of 5
Pretty Face by Lucy Parker | 4.25 out of 5

Posts You May Have Missed

2/20: Week in Books (50)
2/23: Throwback Thursday (21)

New to My Bookshelves

Devil in Spring by Lisa Kleypas
Royally Matched by Emma Chase

New to My Review Shelf

None. I haven’t even looked at any new eARCs to request.

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

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Throwback Thursday (21)

Posted February 23, 2017 by Rowena in Family, Features | 6 Comments

TBT

As usual, this week’s Throwback Thursday features my girls. Bren, Ken and Cher. This was in sixth grade, we drove into L.A. County after winning state with our club basketball team in San Diego. They wanted to go straight to the cemetery to share their gold medals with my Mom. Mom died in April and this picture was taken in June or July after her funeral so there’s no headstone yet.

They look like babies. Gah, they’re so grown now. 🙁

From L-R: Cheridan, Brenna, Makenna

I love these girls!

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Buddy Review: Good Boy by Sarina Bowen & Elle Kennedy

Posted February 21, 2017 by Rowena & Bookish Ames in Reviews | 14 Comments

Buddy Review: Good Boy by Sarina Bowen & Elle KennedyGood Boy by Sarina Bowen, Elle Kennedy
Series: WAGS #1
Published by Elle Kennedy on January 31st 2017
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 269
Format: eBook
Source: Bought
Goodreads
four-stars

Hosting her brother’s wedding for an MVP guest list is the challenge of Jess Canning’s life. Already the family screw-up, she can’t afford to fail. And nobody (nobody!) can learn of the colossal mistake she made with the best man during a weak moment last spring. It was wrong, and there will not be a repeat. Absolutely not. Even if he is the sexiest thing on two legs.

Blake Riley sees the wedding as fate’s gift to him. Jess is the maid of honor and he’s the best man? Let the games begin. So what if he’s facing a little (fine, a lot) of resistance? He just needs to convince the stubborn blonde that he’s really a good boy with a bad rap. Luckily, every professional hockey player knows that you’ve got to make an effort if you want to score.

But Jess has more pressing issues to deal with than sexy-times with a giant man-child. Such as: Will the ceremony start on time, even though someone got grandma drunk? Does glitter ever belong at a wedding? And is it wrong to murder the best man?

Caution: May cause accidental aspiration of tea or coffee. Do not read in a public place where loud laughter is inappropriate. Contains hot but hilarious hockey players, puppy cuddling and a snarky pair of underwear.

Rowena: Month 2 of 2017 brings about our second buddy review of the year. Ames and I chose to read Good Boy by Sarina Bowen & Elle Kennedy for February and we’re here to discuss it.

Good Boy kicks off a new series from Bowen & Kennedy. A spin-off from their Him series. The first book features Jamie’s sister Jessica and Wes’ teammate, Blake. They spent an explosive night together and Blake wants to continue the party but Jess has shut that shit down. Blake is a stubborn hockey player and he’s not going to give up so Jess is in for a rude awakening. He knows that she wants him just as much as he wants her and he’s going to keep poking around until she admits it. Should be fun, right?

Right.

This book was such fun for me. What did you think about it, Ames?

Ames: I really enjoyed Good Boy! With the opening scenes, Jess being paranoid over the wedding going off without a hitch and being uptight about any changes to her plans, I thought she was going to be an annoying heroine. And these days, that’s my number one peeve. However, Jess was a pleasant surprise. I really liked the push and pull between her and Blake.

And Blake? OMG he had me laughing out loud more than once. But my favorite bit of dialog involved him referring to his junk as a docking station. If I was drinking something at that moment I know I would have ruined my ereader. haha

Rowena: You know what’s funny? Is that Blake’s personality was so big right from the very beginning and I took a step back from this book because of that…so it was Blake that I was scared I wasn’t going to like but man, I was so wrong because I freaking loved him. He was just my very favorite thing about this entire book. I loved him, his struggles, his personality, his body and seriously, him. It was all him. I loved his docking station, too. Hahaha.

I know what you mean about Jess, though. There were times when I wished that she would just get over herself. Get out of her head and just go with the flow but I never hated her or thought she was dumb. I thought she was a solid heroine. The way that she stood up for Blake in the end? I was really happy with her growth throughout the story. She may not have been my favorite in the beginning but holy cow does she come through in the end. So good.

Do you know who’s book is next?

Ames: Jess does come through in the end! Her and Blake were a great match, their personalities just gelled. I liked how she had some figuring out to do yet with her life. Blake as a pro hockey player is set for the next decade at least but her, she was still figuring out who she was and how she fit in with her big family. And I liked that she wanted to do her schooling on her own. She definitely grew as a character.

I could go on and on about Blake though. He really was the greatest thing about that book. And so stand up! Like the whole deal with his ex? OMG. Just wow. And her? I wanted to smack her…and not because of the lie but because of the dog. LOL

I have two complaints. The dog on the cover and the teen girl with cancer. I’m not saying anything about the dog in the book and the dog on the cover. Just no. And the girl? I honestly wanted to see more of her. I thought there was something unfinished about that little part of the story.

I think Erickson’s book is next.

Rowena: I’m not a big pet person but even I was pissed at the ex about the dog. How dare she play the victim for EVERYTHING. I was annoyed with Blake’s sister Brenna though. Her loyalties should have always been with Blake so I didn’t like that she basically was all, “How could you be so insensitive?” Like, get over it. Jeez.

Yeah, did the teenager come out okay? Did Jess have to deliver the beanie to the little brother or was she miraculously saved by meeting Blake Riley? Some closure where that’s concerned would have been good. I knew you would pick up on the dog thing. You always do.

You’re right, Erickson is up next. I’m going to assume he’s getting back with his ex if the book is titled Stay? What do you think?

Overall, this was an entertaining book that I adored. There were minor things here and there that I didn’t care for but overall, I liked it. Like, really liked it. It was fun and I’m eager for more. I’m curious though, the series is called WAGs…why is that? I didn’t get a very big WAGS feel to this book so I don’t get it. Ha!

My grade for this one would be a 4 out of 5. You?​​

Ames: I agree with your guess about Erickson’s story. I don’t know how I feel about that though. I’m not the biggest fan of second chance stories these days. I’ll still read it since this author duo is the bomb. haha

I’m the same way about this series title! But if the authors are focusing on other team members and their stories, it’ll probably make more sense with the other books.

Like you I really enjoyed Good Boy. Great characters and a good story. I loved seeing so much of Jamie and Wes too. I’m giving this one a 4.25 out of 5.

Have you read Good Boy yet? If so, what did you think? If not, do you have plans to read it?

four-stars

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