The Weekly Recap (101)

Posted September 3, 2018 by Rowena in Books, Features | 2 Comments

Before I jump into today’s post, I wanted to wish my American friends a Happy Labor Day! and I hope everyone is enjoying their time off from work. I know that I am. 🙂

It’s been a week for the books. I’ve had a bunch of crap going on at work, Chloe and her family were in town and all I wanted to do was be alone and read my books. Chloe had a lot of stuff crammed into her family vacation week in California and I’ve enjoyed seeing her snaps throughout the week. They went to the Aquarium in Long Beach, the Santa Monica Pier, Disneyland and on Thursday, they attended the Dodgers game against the Arizona Diamondbacks (as I’m typing this, our Dodgers are all alone in the #1 spot in the National League West Division, woo hoo!) and our boy Caiden made the jumbotron big screen thing. I love it!!

This week was also for saying our final goodbyes to a dear friend of our family, Flo Niko and her funeral was just as beautiful as I knew it would be with lots of musical numbers and her family and loved ones sharing their memories and love for Mrs. Come Get Your Slap. You’ll be missed, Flo.

Now, onto the books…

What I’m Currently Reading
The Weekly Recap (101)Beyond the Night by Colleen Gleason
Series: The Heroes of New Vegas #1
Published by Harper Collins on December 1, 2016
Genres: Dystopian, Romance
Pages: 288
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
Add It: Goodreads

"Like a sexy Walking Dead!"--Mara Jacobs "Sexy, electrifying, edgy. Brilliantly conceived and executed." --Library Journal

The Heroes of New Vegas: From New York Times bestselling author Colleen Gleason comes a unique paranormal romance series set in a devastated world... “Colleen Gleason's vision of the future is dark, complex, and sharply original. I can’t wait for the next book!" -- Nalini Singh

Everything they knew is gone...

Five men emerge from the remnants of destruction with extraordinary new powers.

They are humankind's last hope, but they cannot survive this devastated world alone.

BEYOND THE NIGHT: When Dr. Elliott Drake emerges from a cave after traveling 50 years through time, the world as he knew it in 2010 is gone. Cities are overgrown jungles, and what's left of civilization has been repressed by crystal-wearing immortal beings. But even more unsettling: Elliott has acquired an extraordinary ability--the power to heal.

But even that gift, in a world that lacks the technology and infrastructure of his past, is a two-edged sword for Elliott.

Jade Kapiza, who was once imprisoned by the immortal beings, has been in hiding for years. But now she's determined to help the human race fight back against the control of her captors. She can trust no one...but when Elliott comes into her life, he pushes at her defenses and begins to tear down the walls she's built so carefully.

Yet the mysterious doctor seems to have secrets of his own. Can Jade trust Elliott with her heart, even as they risk their lives to save a band of innocents?

I gave myself until the day that our kids go back to school to have my summer reading challenge completed and Beyond the Night is the last book in that challenge. I have until this coming Thursday to complete this last book and I’m hoping to get it all read today. Wish me luck. After this book, I’ll be jumping into For the Duke’s Eyes Only by Lenora Bell.

What I Read


Wanderlust by Lauren Blakely (Audiobook) | 4 out of 5
In Bed with a Highlander by Maya Banks (eBook) | 4 out of 5
Kulti by Mariana Zapata (Audiobook) | 4.25 out of 5
Josh & Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating by Christina Lauren (eARC) | 5 out of 5
Getting Schooled by Emma Chase (Audiobook) | 4 out of 5
Hot Winter Nights by Jill Shalvis (eARC) | 3.75 out of 5
Untamed by Pamela Clare (eBook) | 4 out of 5

I had a really good reading week and that was mostly because of all of the audiobooks I listened to at work. I’m hooked on audiobooks and there really is no turning back for me. Yikes. My favorite read of the week goes to Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating by Christina Lauren. I thought it was the most fun book that I read all week and couldn’t get enough of it. I adored both Hazel and Josh though I understand why people weren’t as warm toward Hazel as I was. She was a lot to take but I loved her.

My least favorite book of the week was probably Hot Winter Nights by Jill Shalvis. I liked it but I didn’t love it nearly as much as I loved the other books I read.

Book Boyfriend

Matt Cannon
Hard Sell by Lauren Layne

What I Reviewed

Down with Love by Kate Meader | 3 out of 5
Under Control by Shannon Stacey | 4 out of 5
Midnight Rainbow by Linda Howard | 4 out of 5
Castles by Julie Garwood | 4.5 out of 5
Hard Sell by Lauren Layne | 4.5 out of 5

What I Posted

The Weekly Recap (100)
My TBR Pile: September 2018
Can’t Wait Wednesday: Diamond Fire by Ilona Andrews

What I Got

Beyond the Night by Colleen Gleason
Seduction of a Highland Lass by Maya Banks
Never Love a Highlander by Maya Banks

What I Got for Review

I didn’t get any books for review this week. I’m still trying to get my review pile now.

What Made Me Laugh

There you have it, my week in review. How was your week?


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2 responses to “The Weekly Recap (101)

  1. You’re reading Maya Banks historicals! I’m excited to see what you think. My favorite is from the other series, Never Seduce a Scot. I love that so much. I’m reading Hot Winter Nights right now, and while I like it, I’m not loving it. I’m guessing my rating will be very close to yours at around 3.75 stars.

    • Rowena

      Hi Quinn! Yes, it was part of my Summer Reading Challenge and Holly (cranberrytarts) chose that book for me to read and I’m so glad she did. I enjoyed that book and am looking forward to digging into Alaric and Caelen’s books. I hear great things about them so I want to read them myself.

      That’s exactly how I felt when reading Hot Winter Nights. I liked it but I didn’t love it but I did like Lucas’ and his family. So adorable.

      I hope you’re having a great week, Quinn!

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