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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

Week in Books (53)

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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Week in Books (52)

Posted March 6, 2017 by Rowena in Features | 15 Comments

Week in Books v2

What a week, what a week. CIF Championships were this past week so the girls and I have been glued to Twitter, seeing who won another ring and who didn’t and all that jazz and some teams we were happy for and some teams, we weren’t. Haha. Such haters, we are. But now that it’s all behind us, we’re looking toward exit interviews this week before we can fully move on from high school basketball. Brenna’s exit interview is on Wednesday and she’s got a lot of things she wants to bring up to that damn coach of hers. I’m steering clear of that because I’m still not a fan of that damn woman.

Friday was Brenna’s birthday and we celebrated by having dinner and cake against our birthday green wall with Bren and all of her friends. Then because she’s an adult now, she went out and got turnt with her friends…or as turnt as a church going, doesn’t have any interest in drinking and partying girl can get turnt. Ha!

This week, the only plans I have are to finish up my room. Last weekend, I did a spring cleaning to end all spring cleaning. I have a pile of clothes that needs to go to the goodwill and I finally got hangers to hang up the rest of my clothes that need to be hung up so I’ll be doing that stuff this week.

..and now on with the books.

Currently Reading


Crushed (Redemption #2) by Lauren Layne.

Lauren Layne’s latest novel about the healing power of redemption tells the story of a crush gone wickedly wrong, proving that what you want isn’t always what you need.

Growing up in New York, Michael St. Claire never expected to spend his twenties wearing cowboy boots. But that was before he learned about his real father, a total stranger with a family in Cedar Grove, Texas. Once in the Lone Star State, Michael meets Kristin Bellamy, who is exquisitely refined and everything Michael always thought he wanted in a woman. The only problem is that Kristin is dating Michael’s new half brother, Devon.

Kristin’s mouthy, curvy sister Chloe has always been in love with Devon Patterson. So when Michael offers to help Chloe break up Devon and Kristin, Chloe agrees to a deal that seems too good to be true. Before long, Chloe finally gets her man, only to make a startling discovery: She no longer wants the guy she had to fight for—she wants the one who stood by her side.

After all he and Chloe have been through, Michael swears he’s damaged goods. Can Chloe convince him that love is worth the risk?

I read Isn’t She Lovely and Broken last week and really enjoyed both books so I jumped right into the last book in the series, Crushed and I’m not all that far into it right now but I’m hopeful that I will enjoy it. So far, it’s pretty good. Michael!!

What I Read

Havoc by Jamie Shaw | 4 out of 5
Off the Ice by Julie Cross | 3.75 out of 5
When the Marquess Falls by Lorraine Heath | 3.75 out of 5
Isn’t She Lovely by Lauren Layne | 4.5 out of 5
Broken by Lauren Layne | 4 out of 5

Book Boyfriend of the Week


Ethan Price from Isn’t She Lovely (Redemption #0.5 ) by Lauren Layne.

Ethan is so freaking yummy and I adored him. I loved the witty banter between him and Stephanie and I just loved his overall personality. *swoon*

What I Reviewed

Nothing this week. I need to get writing because I actually have reviews to write this week. Woot!

What I Posted

2/27: Week in Books (51)
3/01: Monthly Recap: February 2017
3/02: Throwback Thursday (22)

New to My Bookshelves

Artistic License by Elle Pierson
Unwritten by Jen Frederick

New to My Review Shelf

None. I’m focus is on the books on my TBR pile and the books that I’m reading for challenges and buddy reviews.

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

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Throwback Thursday (22)

Posted March 2, 2017 by Rowena in Family, Features | 4 Comments

TBT

Tomorrow is Brenna’s birthday and she turns 18 so I’m feeling hella nostalgic. I’m remembering a lot of things from when she was a baby to when she started Kindergarten, went to middle school and right now she’s preparing for life after high school. It all seems so surreal. There are a lot of things in my life that I don’t remember, memories that are blurry in my mind but everything about Brenna, her life and who she was then versus who she is now is clear as day. I remember her life vividly.

Today’s Throwback Thursday is a picture of Brenna and her best friend, Makenna on my brother Pete’s wedding day. This picture was taken 7 years ago and I remember everything about that day. I remember arguing with her because she was determined to straighten her hair for the wedding and I wasn’t having it. Her hair is naturally curly and just like some girls hair can’t hold a curl from a curling iron for long, Brenna’s hair doesn’t stay straight for long. It frizzes up and gets all tangly. So we argued about her hair and she got her way because there isn’t a thing that her Aunty Helen won’t do for her so while we were all getting dressed for the wedding, Helen took the time to straighten Brenna’s hair because that’s what she wanted.

She’s one of the good ones and this picture is one of my favorite pictures. Her and Kenna have always been close and I’m glad that all these years later, they’re still taking pictures like this together.

They were 11 and 10 years old in this picture. So sweet and so innocent. Now? Not so much. Haha.

Tomorrow, Brenna will be old enough to vote and I’ll always miss the girl she used to be but I’m super proud of the woman she’s growing up to be.

Until next week…enjoy!

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