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Can’t Wait Wednesday: My Favorite Half Night Stand by Christina Lauren

Posted September 19, 2018 by Rowena in Features | 0 Comments

Can’t Wait Wednesday is hosted by Tressa at Wishful Endings and it was based on the meme Waiting on Wednesday that was hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine.

Can’t Wait Wednesday: My Favorite Half Night Stand by Christina LaurenMy Favorite Half-Night Stand by Christina Lauren
Published by Simon & Schuster, Gallery Books on December 4, 2018
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 400

From the New York Times bestselling author that “hilariously depicts modern dating” (Us Weekly) comes a sexy romantic comedy about online dating, and its many, many fails.

With a world-famous speaker at their university, Mille Morris and her four woefully single male colleagues make a pact that they’ll all find dates. Unfortunately, Millie has more success helping them make matches online than she does navigating the onslaught of lewd pics in her own feed. But when she creates a fictional name for a new account, Millie finds herself vying for the online attention of a man she sees every day in the flesh.

I really like Christina Lauren’s writing style. Their hate to lovers stories that I’ve read was a lot of fun and I’m hoping for more of the same with this release. I love the simplicity of the cover, the font used and the colors. Everything about the cover works for me because I can use my own imagination for everything and I like the text bubbles because I’m hopeful we’ll get a lot of text writing between the hero and the heroine. Fingers crossed.

Also on the long list of things that work for me where this book is concerned, I’m a fan of that summary.

But when she creates a fictional name for a new account, Millie finds herself vying for the online attention of a man she sees every day in the flesh.

A catfish novel? Yesssss, I can’t wait! This book comes out on December 4th and I have already pre-ordered my copy, have you?

Pre-Order the Book

My Favorite Half-Night Stand by Christina Lauren
Releases on December 4, 2018
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Review: Sierra Burgess is a Loser

Posted September 18, 2018 by Rowena in Reviews | 4 Comments

Sierra Burgess is a Loser (2018)
Starring: Shannon Purser, Noah Centineo, Kristine Froseth, RJ Cyler
Director: Ian Samuels
Release Date: 7 September 2018
Rating: PG-13
Run Time: 1:45
Movie Type: Comedy, Drama, Romance

A case of mistaken identity results in unexpected romance when the most popular girl in high school and the biggest loser must come together to win over their crushes.

***There will be a lot of spoilers because this will be more of a rant than a review so sorry.***

Netflix released another Noah Centineo rom-com this month and I finally got around to watching it over the weekend and let’s just say that I was less than impressed with this one.

Sierra Burgess is a Loser follows Sierra Burgess, a plump high school student who is bullied and teased at her school by pretty much everyone but mostly from mean girl Veronica and Veronica’s friends. For the most part, Sierra seems to be above everything because she’s planning on getting the hell out of Dodge the minute she can but then she gets a text message from a very cute boy named Jamie and things start unraveling for me.

So mean girl Veronica thought it would be funny to give Jamie, Sierra’s number when he hits on her and he’s over the moon and Veronica, queen bitch that she is laughs and laughs and laughs. When Jamie texts Sierra, she’s confused but she goes along with the texting because Jamie sent a picture and he’s a cutie pie so why not? I wasn’t mad that she kept texting Jamie at first until he calls her Veronica and she realizes that he thinks he’s texting her, not Sierra. Then it all goes downhill from there.

First, she continues to text Jamie and while I can understand that, the lengths she went through to keep texting Jamie really turned me off. She catfishes the hell out of him and ropes Veronica into helping her. Together, Veronica and Sierra fake a FaceTime call with Jamie and then Veronica goes on a date with Jamie while Sierra creeped on the date the entire time. It was so bad that at one point, Sierra is hiding underneath Jamie’s car while he talks to Veronica. What grossed me out was how Jamie leans in for a kiss with Veronica and the girls trick him into kissing Sierra instead. He doesn’t know that he kissed Sierra. He didn’t consent to kiss Sierra but the girls were so proud of their actions that it really creeped me out.

Throughout the entire movie, Sierra struggles with her self-esteem and I get it. I’m not skinny and I’ve felt exactly what Sierra felt in this movie but going through what she went through doesn’t make anything she did okay. Feeling bad about yourself does not give you a free pass to do shitty things. Sierra pretended to be deaf when she meets Jamie because she knew that his little brother was deaf and it was the only way that she could keep the charade up because he knew her voice. She played Jamie the entire movie, was a complete liar and through it all, Veronica helped her with whatever she needed because at the same time that Sierra is doing all of these shitty things to Jamie, Veronica and Sierra are becoming friends. Veronica is realizing that she’s a shitty person and being friends with Sierra is making her want to change her ways. There was a lot of character development with Veronica and I thought that was good, too bad I didn’t feel the same way about Sierra.

Sierra Burgess wasn’t a loser, she was a mean person and when the shit hits the fan and everything comes out, Sierra orchestrates it in a way that I thought was unforgivable. She hurt a lot of people with her actions and when the movie ended, I was pissed because there wasn’t an apology from Sierra. She doesn’t go to Jamie and apologize for everything that she’s put him through and there’s no apology for what she does to Veronica, which was a mean and completely ugly thing. No, she writes a song and pours her heart (I’d say soul but I didn’t think she had one) out and everyone forgives her and that’s that.

The movie had potential but it was a miss for me. After watching Stranger Things, I thought Barb deserved better and thought she’d get her better with this movie but I was wrong. I still think Barb deserves better, but not Sierra. I didn’t like her character at all.

Movie Trailer

My Rating

1 out of 5

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The Weekly Recap (103)

Posted September 17, 2018 by Rowena in Features | 6 Comments

So this week was a pretty quiet week. I stuck close to home and didn’t really do much outside of my normal routine and then my sister Delene went out of town for the weekend and I was left in charge of her kids.

I’m the Aunt that lets the kids do whatever they want so when Luke and Brookey wanted to film a YouTube video, I shook my head a little, rolled my eyes a little more and then helped them make that happen. Brenna and Jenna were on board with this whole thing so they set it all up. Made them a background, got their challenge food prepared and even practiced lines with both kids. Yeah, I’m rolling my eyes too. They were really into this whole thing. Makenna was cleaning up our mess and making lunch, she was also in charge of the music and let me tell you, she’s the worst music director for a kid’s video because she had the most inappropriate twerking music on in the background. AND LUKE AND BROOKEY LOVED IT!

So they wanted to do a “What’s in my Mouth Challenge” video where their assistants Brenna and Jenna feed them food while they’re blindfolded and they had to guess what they were eating. All was going well until Jenna fed Luke some cheese and Luke started gagging and then threw up. We had to stop production because the cameraman (me) almost peed in her pants from laughing so much. Excuse the picture to the right, that’s right before Luke puked and it’s a screenshot from the video. It’s two days later and I’m still laughing my ass off.

As soon as we finish editing the video and if we can get Luke’s Mom to let us post it on YouTube, I’ll let you guys know. Needless to say, Luke’s Mom yelled at us to stop letting Luke do stupid things. LOL. Also? Their YouTube channel name is LPGameMaster and B-Dub, Hahahahahahaha. These freaking kids.

Now, onto the books…

What I’m Currently Reading
The Weekly Recap (103)The Duke Buys a Bride by Sophie Jordan
Series: The Rogue Files #3
Published by Harper Collins, Avon on July 24, 2018
Genres: Historical, Romance
Point of View: Alternating Third Person
Pages: 368
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased

A bride wasn’t in his plans . . .

The last thing Marcus, the Duke of Autenberry, expects to see after sleeping off a night’s drunken shenanigans is a woman being auctioned in the village square. Before he can think about the ramifications, he buys her, thinking he’s winning the girl her freedom. Instead, he discovers he’s bought a wife.

A duke wasn’t in hers . . .

Alyse Bell is almost rid of the shackles that bound her in a name-only marriage, but the day her friend promised to purchase her in a wife auction, he vanishes, leaving her to face a mob of unsavory bachelors intent on owning her body and soul. But the appearance of a wicked, wealthy stranger changes her path forever.

The road to ruin . . .

Marcus doesn’t know what to do with the impertinent chit who clearly isn’t duchess material! Insisting their marriage isn’t legitimate, they leave for his estate in Scotland, hoping to devise a plan to get rid of each other. However, on a journey fraught with misadventure, their attraction grows and Marcus realizes he’ll do anything to keep this fiery woman for his own.

I didn’t get any reading done this weekend because I was busy doing absolutely nothing but hang with the kids watching movies so I need to get this book read this week because I have to prepare our book club discussion and game for our meeting next week Monday. Wish me luck. I’ve only read part of Chapter 1 and the hero just woke up in a pile of horse shit so…okay then.

What I Read

Meet Me at the Cupcake Cafe by Jenny Colgan (Audiobook) | 2.75 out of 5
Long Shot by Kennedy Ryan (eBook) | 4.75 out of 5
Block Shot by Kennedy Ryan (eBook) | 4 out of 5
Seduction of a Highland Lass by Maya Banks (Audiobook) | 4.5 out of 5

I loved both Long Shot and Seduction of a Highland Lass so those are my favorite reads of the week. I really enjoyed Block Shot too but Meet Me at the Cupcake Cafe was slow and low key boring to me so that gets my least favorite read of the week.

Book Boyfriend

August West
Long Shot by Kennedy Ryan

What I Reviewed

Kulti by Mariana Zapata | 4.25 & 5 out of 5
The Lion’s Lady by Julie Garwood | 4.25 out of 5
In Bed with a Highlander by Maya Banks | 4 out of 5
All the Way by Kristen Proby | 2.5 out of 5
A Lady’s Guide to Improper Behavior by Suzanne Enoch | 4.5 out of 5
The Other Side of Lost by Jessi Kirby | 4.25 out of 5
Untamed by Pamela Clare | 4 out of 5

What I Posted

The Weekly Recap (102)
Can’t Wait Wednesday: Ache for You by J.T. Geissinger
Book Boyfriend: August West in Long Shot by Kennedy Ryan

What I Got

Dearest Clementine by Lex Martin
Finding Dandelion by Lex Martin
Kissing Madeline by Lex Martin
Seduction of a Highland Lass by Maya Banks

What I Got for Review


What Made Me Laugh

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

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