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Week in Review (60)

Posted July 17, 2017 by Rowena in Features | 6 Comments

Brenna is in Colorado right now and I have a lot more time than I know what to do with. I’ve been spending a lot of time hanging out with my friends and am really enjoying being in their company and just doing things that we haven’t done in ages. We tried the banana pudding at Magnolia Bakery that I’ve been bugging everyone to try with me. We’ve done a lot of walking at the beach and watching street shows and eating street food in Downtown L.A. We’ve done a lot of L.A. touristy things and I’m having a blast. I miss my kid like crazy though. I can’t wait for her to come home.

What I’m Currently Reading

The Duchess Deal (Girl Meets Duke #1) by Tessa Dare

When girl meets Duke, their marriage breaks all the rules…

Since his return from war, the Duke of Ashbury’s to-do list has been short and anything but sweet: brooding, glowering, menacing London ne’er-do-wells by night. Now there’s a new item on the list. He needs an heir—which means he needs a wife. When Emma Gladstone, a vicar’s daughter turned seamstress, appears in his library wearing a wedding gown, he decides on the spot that she’ll do.

His terms are simple:

– They will be husband and wife by night only.
– No lights, no kissing.
– No questions about his battle scars.
– Last, and most importantly… Once she’s pregnant with his heir, they need never share a bed again.

But Emma is no pushover. She has a few rules of her own:

– They will have dinner together every evening.
– With conversation.
– And unlimited teasing.
– Last, and most importantly… Once she’s seen the man beneath the scars, he can’t stop her from falling in love…

My reading has been slow going but I’m starting this book today so wish me luck. I’m hearing good things about it so I’m excited to read it.

What I Read

Ready to Run (I Do, I Don’t #1) by Lauren Layne | 3.75 out of 5
When Its Real by Erin Watt | 4.25 out of 5

My favorite read of the week goes to When It’s Real by Erin Watt. It was such a fun story about a superstar and the fan he falls in love with. I was really excited to read this one as it had fallen off my radar with my review pile taking up most of my time so thank goodness for us choosing to read this book together this month. It was good!

What I Reviewed

Coming Up for Air by Miranda Kenneally
I Knew You Were Trouble by Lauren Layne
Some Kind of Hero by Suzanne Brockmann
Dating You, Hating You by Christina Lauren
The Impossible Vastness of Us by Samantha Young
Second Chance Season by Liora Blake

What I Posted

Graduations, Vegas & Future Planning
Eye Candy Friday: Matt Erikkson from Stay by Sarina Bowen & Elle Kennedy

What I Got

I’m sure I got some stuff but hell if I can remember what they are right now. I’ll update next week. For sure.

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


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Eye Candy Friday: Matt Erikkson from Stay

Posted July 14, 2017 by Rowena in Features | 3 Comments

This week’s eye candy goes to Matt Erikkson from Stay by Sarina Bowen & Elle Kennedy. This book was such a great book and for me, my enjoyment was in large part because of the hero, Matt. He’s a single father trying to do well in his career as a hockey goalie but still be a relevant part of his kids life. His ex-wife has the girls for most of the time but he makes the most of the time that he does have the girls and he gets it all done with the help of his virtual assistant, Hailey.

I think what I liked most about Matt was that he was so…normal. I mean, sure he’s a famous hockey player but he’s also just a man. A father. An ex-husband. He wasn’t this overwhelmingly alpha male that has to dominate everyone in his life. He was manly but he was also a simple man’s man who tried to keep his promises to his kids and flirt with his assistant as well.

He was also sweet and charming and I absolutely adored him. I’m really digging his Single Dad vibes and ugh, I just loved him to pieces.

This is my Mark Erikkson:

Memorable Quotes

“He’s already one up on me. He’s been on the receiving end of a couple of Hottie’s kisses.

I’ve got nothing. It’s the first time I’ve ever been jealous of my dog.”

Matty Cakes had a crush on his assistant long before he met her and I thought that was too cute.

“Maybe I can convince you to kiss me again. I’m right here, honey. Come get me.”

*happy sigh* Can I have my own Matty?

“She has no idea how much this means to me. I’ve spent the last year believing myself unfit to be anyone’s partner. And maybe it’s true. But by spending her day with me – and her night – Hailey lets me believe I’m not a lost cause, that my messy life is worth sharing.”

Yessss!!! He was so worthy of love!

Buy the Book

Stay by Sarina Bowen & Elle Kennedy
June 20, 2017
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Until next week, enjoy!


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Week in Review (59)

Posted June 19, 2017 by Rowena in Features | 2 Comments

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It’s graduation week so I’m going to be extremely busy doing all kinds of family stuff but I wanted to put up a post about what I’ve been up to…reading wise. Cause I’ve been reading. 🙂

What I’m Currently Reading

Some Kind of Hero (Troubleshooters #17) by Suzanne Brockmann

Navy men don’t come tougher than Lieutenant Peter Greene. Every day he whips hotshot SEAL wannabes into elite fighters. So why can’t he handle one fifteen-year-old girl? His ex’s death left him a single dad overnight, and very unprepared. Though he can’t relate to an angsty teen, he can at least keep Maddie safe—until the day she disappears. Though Pete’s lacking in fatherly intuition, his instinct for detecting danger is razor sharp. Maddie’s in trouble. Now he needs the Troubleshooters team at his back, along with an unconventional ally.

Romance writer Shayla Whitman never expected to be drawn into a real-world thriller—or to meet a hero who makes her pulse pound. Action on the page is one thing. Actually living it is another story. Shay’s not as bold as her heroines, but she’s a mother. She sees the panic in her new neighbor’s usually fearless blue eyes—and knows there’s no greater terror for a parent than having a child at risk. It’s an ordeal Shay won’t let Pete face alone. She’s no highly trained operative, but she’s smart, resourceful, and knows what makes teenagers tick.

Still, working alongside Pete has its own perils—like letting the heat between them rise out of control. Intimate emotions could mean dangerous, even deadly, consequences for their mission. No matter what, they must be on top of their game, and playing for keeps . . . or else Pete’s daughter may be gone for good.

I’m just about done with this book and while it’s not my favorite Troubleshooters book, I still enjoyed it. There were some points in the story where I wanted to strangle different people but overall, it was a good book. Right after I finish this book, I’m jumping into Stay (WAGs #2) by Sarina Bowen & Elle Kennedy.

What I Read

Fantasy Lover by Sherrilyn Kenyon | 4 out of 5
I Knew You Were Trouble by Lauren Layne | 4 out of 5
Dating You, Hating You by Christina Lauren | 3.5 out of 5
Wired by Julie Garwood | 3.5 out of 5

My favorite read of the week goes to I Knew You Were Trouble by Lauren Layne. I enjoyed all of the books that I read this week but this one was my favorite. I just liked being in the Oxford world again and I enjoyed Nick and Taylor’s story. I’m seeing that it’s not getting a lot of love around the blogosphere but I liked it.

My least favorite read of the week is probably Dating You, Hating You by Christina Lauren. It was a good read, a solid first read for me by this author but I just enjoyed the other books that I read this week just a smidge more than this one. Also? This book offended my book bestie, Ames and that played into my feelings on the book. I agreed with her on that one thing so that’s why it’s my least favorite.

Book Boyfriend of the Week


Nick Ballantine from I Knew You Were Trouble by Lauren Layne

Of all of the guys that I read about this week, Nick is probably my favorite. His story kind of broke my heart and I loved seeing him fall in love with Taylor, even when she was being difficult. He wasn’t perfect by any means because I wanted to throttle him something fierce near the end of the book but after all was said done, I still loved the hell out of him so that’s why he’s this week’s book boyfriend of the week.

What I Reviewed

Silver Silence by Nalini Singh

What I Posted

Nothing. Gah. I’ve been so busy trying to bring my book blog, Book Binge back to life that I haven’t had any time to update this blog. I promise I’ll do better!

What I Got for Review

The Final Score by Jaci Burton
The Duchess Deal by Tessa Dare
A Duke in Shining Armor by Loretta Chase
If There’s No Tomorrow by Jennifer L. Armentrout

What I Bought or was Gifted

I Knew You Were Trouble by Lauren Layne
Dating You/Hating You by Christina Lauren
Once and For All by Sarah Dessen
My Roommates Girl by Julianna Keyes

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


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