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Can’t Wait Wednesday: Flare Up by Shannon Stacey

Posted October 17, 2018 by Rowena in Features | 3 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: Flare Up by Shannon StaceyFlare Up by Shannon Stacey
Series: Boston Fire #6
Published by Harlequin, Carina Press on January 29, 2019
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Point of View: Alternating Third Person
Pages: 384

Nursing a broken heart while everybody around him seems to be drowning in happiness has Grant Cutter wondering whether staying with Engine 59—or even Boston Fire—is in his future. It’s tempting as hell to pack up what fits in his Jeep and hit the road. But then a 911 call brings the woman who shattered his heart back into his life, and he knows he won’t ever be able to fully leave her in his rearview mirror.

For a few months, Wren Everett had thought the nightmare of her past was behind her and she might live happily ever after with Grant. Until she got the phone call letting her know the time her ex had spent in jail for assault hadn’t cooled his temper or determination that she belonged with him. Cutting ties with Grant was the hardest thing she’d ever had to do, but it was also the only way to keep him safe.

Now that Grant is back, he’s not letting Wren push him away again. And even with the trust issues between them, Wren dares to hope she and Grant might have a future together after all…if they’re willing to fight for it.

I’m really enjoying this series. I love how normal it is and how the entire series follows regular everyday people falling in love with other everyday people. I mean, sure, part of the everyday people couple are firefighters so they’re kind of superheroes in their own ways but I still enjoy this series very much.

You can read my reviews for each of the books here:

Heat Exchange
Controlled Burn
Fully Ignited
Hot Response
Under Control

I enjoyed some books more than others but overall, I’m enjoying each book as they come out. I’m pretty anxious to finally get Grant’s story. I knew that his heartbreak was forthcoming, at least I had a feeling it would happen and I’m pretty curious on how his story plays out. I can’t wait to read his book.

This book comes out on January 29th so we have a few months wait. Mark your calendars!

Pre-Order the Book

Flare Up (Boston Fire #6) by Shannon Stacey
Releases on January 29, 2019
Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Google Books

Boston Fire Series

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The Monthly Recap: September 2018

Posted October 16, 2018 by Rowena in Features | 3 Comments

September came and went a lot faster than I was anticipating. Lots of stuff happened but the most important thing that happened was our celebrating baby Jax’s first birthday. Jax is my older brother’s first grandchild and he is the apple of his papa’s eye. My brother is such a great grandfather and Jax loves him so. Jax is such a little cutie and an adorably good little boy and our family adore him. His first birthday was a lot of fun.

Brenna and Makenna’s pre-season for basketball has also started in September and they played in their first basketball tournament of the season, it was about an hour away and I didn’t make it out to the tournament but my brother Pete went and said that though the team isn’t as good as they were last year, Brenna and Makenna didn’t play nearly as well as they should have so it was hard to get a good feel on how they’ll do this year. I guess we’ll just wait and see.

Dodgers are playing in the National League Championship Series and I’m rooting them on from wherever I am when the games start. At home or at work.

My best friend had surgery to remove her thyroid and I was able to hang out with her and her Mom to make sure that all was well and to drive them around wherever they needed since Therese was in a lot of pain and her Mom was scared to drive around town. I was happy to be there for them both because Therese’s Mom is one of my favorite people in the world.

September was a good month for me personally but it was also good for me in books. Let’s move on to the books…

What I Read

1. For the Dukes Eyes Only (School for Dukes #2) by Lenora Bell (eARC) | 4.25 out of 5
2. Untamed (MacKinnon’s Rangers #2) by Pamela Clare (eBook) | 4 out of 5
3. Beyond the Night (The Heros of New Vegas #1) by Colleen Gleason (eBook) | 4 out of 5
4. Say You’ll Stay by Corinne Michaels (Audiobook) | 1 out of 5
5. The Lion’s Lady (Crown’s Spies #1) by Julie Garwood (re-read) (eBook) | 4.25 out of 5
6. Guardian Angel (Crown’s Spies #2) by Julie Garwood (re-read) (eBook) | 4.25 out of 5
7. Meet Me at the Cupcake Cafe by Jenny Colgan (Audiobook) | 2.75 out of 5
8. Long Shot (Hoops #1) by Kennedy Ryan (eBook) | 4.75 out of 5
9. Block Shot (Hoops #2) by Kennedy Ryan (eBook) | 4 out of 5
10. Seduction of a Highland Lass (McCabe Trilogy #2) by Maya Banks (Audiobook) | 4.75 out of 5
11. The Duke Buys a Bride (The Rogue Files #3) by Sophie Jordan (eBook) | 3 out of 5
12. The Gift (Crown’s Spies #4) by Julie Garwood (eBook) | 4 out of 5
13. Dead Heat (Alpha & Omega #4) by Patricia Briggs (eBook) | 5 out of 5
14. Hot Dad by Whitley Cox (eBook) | 1 out of 5
15. Finding Dandelion (Dearest #2) by Lex Martin (Audiobook) | 3.75 out of 5
16. Burn Bright (Alpha & Omega #5) by Patricia Briggs | 4 out of 5
17. America’s Sweetheart (Real Love #5) by Jessica Lemmon (eARC) | 4 out of 5
18. Never Love a Highlander (McCabe Trilogy #3) by Maya Banks (Audiobook) | 4.75 out of 5
19. Kissing Madeleine (Dearest #3) by Lex Martin (Audiobook) | 4 out of 5

My favorite read of the month goes to Dead Heat by Patricia Briggs but also Seduction of a Highland Lass by Maya Banks. Both books were so good. I cried buckets when listening to Seduction of a Highland Lass. I couldn’t get over how freaking good it was. Alaric and Keeley’s story hit me hard in every feel in my body. With Dead Heat, it was so good to be in Charles and Anna’s world again. I freaking love them both and I loved seeing them work together to figure out who was trying to harm their own. So, so freaking good.

I have two least favorite reads of the month as well. Those books are Hot Dad by Whitley Cox and Say You’ll Stay by Corinne Michaels. Both books pissed me off so I was glad to be done with them once I finished them.

Book Boyfriends

Josh Im from Josh & Hazel Guide to Not Dating by Christina Lauren
August West from Long Shot by Kennedy Ryan
Morgan MacKinnon from Untamed by Pamela Clare
Alaric McCabe from Seduction of a Highland Lass by Maya Banks

What I Reviewed

Just Listen by Sarah Dessen | 4 out of 5
Kulti by Mariana Zapata | 4.25 out of 5
The Lion’s Lady by Julie Garwood | 4.25 out of 5
Sierra Burgess is a Loser (2018) | 1 out of 5
Guardian Angel by Julie Garwood | 4.25 out of 5
The Duke Buys Bride by Sophie Jordan | 2.5 out of 5
The Gift by Julie Garwood | 4 out of 5

What I Posted

The Weekly Recap (101)
The Monthly Recap: August 2018
Can’t Wait Wednesday: The Other Miss Bridgerton by Julia Quinn
The Weekly Recap (102)
Can’t Wait Wednesday: Ache for You by J.T. Geissinger
The Weekly Recap (103)
Can’t Wait Wednesday: My Favorite Half Night Stand by Christina Lauren
The Weekly Recap (104)
Can’t Wait Wednesday: 99 Percent Mine by Sally Thorne

What I Bought

Archangel’s Consort (Guild Hunter #3) by Nalini Singh
Archangel’s Blade (Guild Hunter #4) by Nalini Singh
Archangel’s Storm (Guild Hunter #5) by Nalini Singh
Archangel’s Legion (Guild Hunter #6) by Nalini Singh
Archangel’s Shadows (Guild Hunter #7) by Nalini Singh
Play On (Play On #1) by Samantha Young
Butterface (The Hartigans #1) by Avery Flynn
Rebel Hard (Hard Play #2) by Nalini Singh
As Dust Dances (Play On #2) by Samantha Young
Dirty Headlines by LJ Shen
P.S. I Miss You (P.S. #2) by Winter Renshaw
I Dare You (The Hook Up #1) by Ilsa Madden-Mills
#Moonstruck (#Lovestruck #2) by Sariah Wilson
Dearest Clementine (Dearest #1) by Lex Martin
Finding Dandelion (Dearest #2) by Lex Martin
Kissing Madeline (Dearest #3) by Lex Martin
Seduction of a Highland Lass (McCabe Trilogy #2) by Maya Banks

What I Got for Review

99 Percent Mine by Sally Thorne
The Other Miss Bridgerton (Rokesbys #3) by Julia Quinn
The Scoundrel in Her Bed (Sins for All Seasons #3) by Lorraine Heath
Governess Gone Rogue (Dear Lady Truelove #3) by Laura Lee Guhrke

I did watch any movies or have much to say on the TV Shows that I watched so this is more of a books monthly recap. It was a good month in books for me, that’s for sure.

There you go folks, the month of September in my life. How did your September treat you? Read anything good? Do anything fun? Share in the comments!

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The Weekly Recap (107)

Posted October 15, 2018 by Rowena in Features | 4 Comments

Caiden came to California last week for a visit and we had a blast having him here with us. But he went home yesterday so we’re back to being sad and missing him but he’ll be back next month for Thanksgiving so we’ve got something to look forward to.

While he was here, he went to Disneyland, we had dinner at Chuck E. Cheese, he had play dates with our other kids at the park and just had an all-around blast being around other kids since, at home, it’s normally just him and his Mom all day long.

For me, it was a quiet week at home. I spent all the time that I could with Caiden, I read some, watched some TV shows and relaxed close to home. Work has been pretty grim for me because one of my closest friends at work quit and her last day in the office was Friday so we spent the week doing farewell lunches at all of her favorite lunch spots around our office since her new job is about a half hour away so she wouldn’t be able to go to them in a long while. I’m going to miss her something fierce though since I talked to her every single day and she’s finally watching Game of Thrones. Now our discussions about her progression in the show will largely take place through texts. Oh well.

I’m really enjoying A Million Little Things, the new TV Show on ABC. I’ve cried through all three episodes that I’ve watched so far. It’s so good.

Now, onto the books…

What I’m Currently Reading
The Weekly Recap (107)Never Seduce a Scot by Maya Banks
Series: The Montgomery's and Armstrongs #1
Published by Random House, Ballantine on September 25, 2012
Genres: Historical, Romance
Point of View: Alternating Third Person
Pages: 372
Format: Audiobook
Source: Purchased
Length: 10 hours, 10 minutes

Eveline Armstrong is fiercely loved and protected by her powerful clan, but outsiders consider her “touched.” Beautiful, fey, with a level, intent gaze, she doesn’t speak. No one, not even her family, knows that she cannot hear. Content with her life of seclusion, Eveline has taught herself to read lips and allows the outside world to view her as daft. But when an arranged marriage into a rival clan makes Graeme Montgomery her husband, Eveline accepts her duty—unprepared for the delights to come. Graeme is a rugged warrior with a voice so deep and powerful that his new bride can hear it, and hands and kisses so tender and skilled that he stirs her deepest passions.

Graeme is intrigued by the mysterious Eveline, whose silent lips are ripe with temptation and whose bright, intelligent eyes can see into his soul. As intimacy deepens, he learns her secret. But when clan rivalries and dark deeds threaten the wife he has only begun to cherish, the Scottish warrior will move heaven and earth to save the woman who has awakened his heart to the beautiful song of a rare and magical love.

It’s time for me to get this book read so that I can prepare for my book club next month. My sister Delene picked this book for us to discuss and already, I’m loving the book. Maya Banks is really gifted at historical romance. I’m really enjoying watching Eveline grow into her own. I should be done with this one today though I want to savor this story. It’s so good.

What I Read

Shadow and Ice (Gods of War #1) by Gena Showalter | 2.75 out of 5
Phoenix Unbound (Fallen Empire #1) by Grace Draven | 4 out of 5
Fireworks (True North #6) by Sarina Bowen | 4.25 out of 5

My favorite read of the week goes to Fireworks. Sarina Bowen is such a winning author for me. I love her True North series and Benito’s story was just as good as the others in the series and I’m hoping for more.

My least favorite read of the week goes to Shadow and Ice and that’s because I spent more than half of the book bored by what was going on. The end was a lot better than the beginning but the beginning was boring enough that I wouldn’t give it more than a 3 star rating.

What I Reviewed

Say You’ll Stay (Return to Me #1) by Corinne Michaels | 1 out of 5
Long Shot (Hoops #1) by Kennedy Ryan | 4.75 out of 5
America’s Sweetheart (Real Love #5) by Jessica Lemmon | 4 out of 5

What I Posted

The Weekly Recap (106)
Can’t Wait Wednesday: The Risk by Elle Kennedy

What I Got

Nothing this week. I’ve been busy reading what I already have.

What I Got for Review

You’d be Mine by Erin Hahn
Illegally Yours (Laws of Attraction #2) by Kate Meader

What Made Me Laugh

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

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