Week in Books (53)

Posted March 13, 2017 by Rowena in Features | 13 Comments

Week in Books v2

This week was a pretty relaxing week for me and if this is an indication of what life after basketball is going to be like, I’m going to be one happy camper. I love that I don’t have to rush from school to school during the week and on the weekends. I’m sure that I’ll miss it eventually but right now? It’s nice. It’s nice having time to read all of the books that I was too tired to read before now. It’s nice to not have a shit load of tv shows to catch up on every week. My laundry pile stays down. My room is a lot cleaner than it’s been in years. I could really get used to this.

With all of this free time on my hands, I was able to meet up with one of my co-workers for a hike in Palos Verdes (richy rich area with gorgeous Southern California views) and…I survived! I’ll be working out and going on more walks now that I’ve got the time and I’m pretty stoked about it. Now if I can stop eating all of the bad for me crap, I’ll really be on my way to a healthier me. Wish me luck!

Also…Happy Birthday Meghan! Today is my niece’s birthday and she’s 20 years old this year. Holy cow! Welcome to the old lady club, Meg! Love you, congratulations on your Player of the Year award!

Now, on with the books…

Currently Reading


How the Duke was Won (Disgraceful Dukes #1) by Lenora Bell.

The pleasure of your company is requested at Warbury Park. Four lovely ladies will arrive… but only one can become a duchess.

James, the scandalously uncivilized Duke of Harland, requires a bride with a spotless reputation for a strictly business arrangement. Lust is prohibited and love is out of the question.

Four ladies. Three days. What could go wrong?

She is not like the others…

Charlene Beckett, the unacknowledged daughter of an earl and a courtesan, has just been offered a life-altering fortune to pose as her half-sister, Lady Dorothea, and win the duke’s proposal. All she must do is:

* Be the perfect English rose [Ha!]

* Breathe, smile, and curtsy in impossibly tight gowns [blast Lady Dorothea’s sylph-like figure]

* Charm and seduce a wild duke [without appearing to try]

* Keep said duke far, far from her heart [no matter how tempting]

When secrets are revealed and passion overwhelms, James must decide if the last lady he should want is really everything he needs. And Charlene must decide if the promise of a new life is worth risking everything . . . including her heart.

I’ve got Book 3 of this series coming up for review so I need to jump in and get this series read to prepare myself for Book 3. I can’t wait.

What I Read

Crushed by Lauren Layne | 4.25 out of 5
Cold Hearted Rake by Lisa Kleypas | 4 out of 5
Marrying Winterborne by Lisa Kleypas | 3.75 out of 5
Devil in Spring by Lisa Kleypas | 4 out of 5

My favorite read of the week goes to Crushed by Lauren Layne. This was surprising because I’m not normally a fan of the fat heroine gets skinny and then gets the boy but Crushed was about more than that. Michael St. Claire was so much more than I thought he’d be and Chloe was a fantastic heroine. So much goodness with those two.

I don’t really have a least favorite of the week because I enjoyed all of the books that I read. The Ravenels series was just as good as I was thinking it’d be because well, Lisa Kleypas rocks at writing historical romances and Pandora is my favoritest of favorites. Gah, she rocks so hard!

Book Boyfriend of the Week


Michael St. Claire from Crushed by Lauren Layne

Yeah, I know. I thought Gabriel St. Vincent would be my boyfriend of the week and he was fantastic but Michael St. Claire won me over through and through this week with how freaking awesome he was. He took me by surprise because I didn’t think I’d enjoy his book or him as a character as much as I did but man…he was a good one. I’m so glad that I read his book.

What I Reviewed

Sustained by Emma Chase | 5 out of 5

What I Posted

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New to My Bookshelves

Marrying Winterborne by Lisa Kleypas

Holly is my favorite person this week because she gifted this book to me and I was so excited that I read it right away. *grins* Thanks Holly!

New to My Review Shelf

Revenge by Lexi Blake
Shadow Reaper by Christine Feehan

I’ve been looking forward to these books for a while now so I’m glad to finally get them to read and review. Bring on Drew’s book!

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


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13 responses to “Week in Books (53)

  1. It was relaxing not having to deal with my son’s sports anymore, but I missed it. Still do. He still on college team, but it’s different. Happy Birthday & congrats to Meghan! You were in historical romance mode last week. 🙂

    • Rowena

      I’m sure I’ll be feeling the same way in the next few months so I’m going to enjoy relaxing in the meantime. 🙂

      I sure was in a historical mood last week and it’s moved into this week because I’m still reading all of the historicals. <3

      Thanks for stopping by, Christy! Have a great week. 🙂

    • Rowena

      I really enjoyed the Ravenels series as well and I just know that you’re going to love Devil in Spring. It was my favorite of the bunch!

  2. I am going to miss going to Southern California. Sigh. I wish my Chargers didn’t move to LA. Anyway, having the time in the world, huh? What’s that like? LOL. I so wish i have that!

    • Rowena

      Hey you! I’m a hometown supporter so I will cheer for the Chargers now that they’re here since I couldn’t get behind the Rams. We’ll see if cheering for the Chargers makes me a bigger NFL fan. Probably not but we’ll see. Ha!

    • Rowena

      I enjoyed the Redemption series by Lauren Laynes HEAPS better than the Love Unexpectedly one…especially the first book in the series. It was so fun! A lot more like her normal books that we love. I hear you about the kids sports. Brenna has decided that she’s going to play basketball at the community college for fun with my niece (since they didn’t get to play together in high school) so I’m not done yet. Gah.

    • Rowena

      It is nice to not have to rush every which way after work and on the weekends. I’m going to enjoy it while it lasts because Brenna is planning to play basketball this summer and next year so I’ll be busy again soon.

      Thanks Grace, same to you!

  3. What a great week of reading you have had!!! And so many great books. I love the Ravenel series especially Winterborne and Devil in Spring. And yeah I can’t wait for Shadow Reaper….love this family and book one was amazing. Looking forward to reading your thoughts on this one.

  4. That is one fabulous reading week if you ask me. 🙂 Lauren Layne and Lisa Kleypas! I’m super surprised that you liked Cold-Hearted Rake more than Marrying Winterborne. I would love to hear your thoughts on that one! Wasn’t Pandora the greatest? I just love her so much. And obviously I need to meet Michael!
    I’m glad you’re having a relaxing week! You deserve it. 🙂

  5. Ksenia

    Good luck with working out! And with your diet, I don’t have will not to eat stuff though. Happy belated birthday to your niece! I’ll check out your review on Marrying Winterborne by Lisa Kleypas. Have a great week, Rowena!

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