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The Weekly Recap (125)

Posted March 18, 2019 by Rowena in Books, Features | 2 Comments

I’m in Utah, y’all!!

I’m spending this week taking care of this little one so that his parents can work and still be with him on his birthday this coming Thursday. Can you believe little Caiden will be turning 2 this week? I can’t. I remember when he was born and then when he was a baby. Compared to how skinny he is now, he was such a chunky baby. Still super adorable but chunky too.

It’s been a pretty eventful week for me at work. I’ve spent a lot of time trying to wrap weekly stuff up so that my backup and boss don’t have to deal with any of that stuff this week while I’m out.

Meghan is completely done with basketball now. Meghan lost her game at Nationals last week so they were knocked out and in her conference, only one team remains this week. Good luck to Masters University!

Bren and Ken had their Sophomore Showcase this past Friday that Delene drove them to and they said they had fun, and the rest is up to the coaches that were there to see them. I wonder why the showcase was so early since a bunch of NAIA teams were at Nationals and didn’t have anyone out at the showcase to see these girls. That was kind of dumb but whatever. Bren and Ken are the most excited about getting their nails done finally. They haven’t been able to get their nails done since they kept breaking during basketball but nothing is holding them back now. Haha.

Now, onto the books…

What I’m Currently Reading
The Weekly Recap (125)When We Left Cuba by Chanel Cleeton
Published by Penguin, Berkley on April 9, 2019
Genres: Historical, Romance
Point of View: Alternating Third Person
Pages: 368
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley
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Reading Challenges: 2019 GoodReads Challenge

In 1960s Florida, a young Cuban exile will risk her life--and heart--to take back her country in this exhilarating historical novel from the author of Next Year in Havana, a Reese Witherspoon Book Club pick.

Beautiful. Daring. Deadly.

The Cuban Revolution took everything from sugar heiress Beatriz Perez--her family, her people, her country. Recruited by the CIA to infiltrate Fidel Castro's inner circle and pulled into the dangerous world of espionage, Beatriz is consumed by her quest for revenge and her desire to reclaim the life she lost.

As the Cold War swells like a hurricane over the shores of the Florida Strait, Beatriz is caught between the clash of Cuban American politics and the perils of a forbidden affair with a powerful man driven by ambitions of his own. When the ever-changing tides of history threaten everything she has fought for, she must make a choice between her past and future--but the wrong move could cost Beatriz everything--not just the island she loves, but also the man who has stolen her heart...

I finished Next Year in Havanah by Chanel Cleeton last night so I’m going to start this book today. I’ve got a lot on my plate today so I’m hoping to start this one tonight when I’m off babysitting duty and have some time to myself. Wish me luck since I can’t wait to start Beatriz’s book!

What I Read

Magic Bites (Kate Daniels #1) by Ilona Andrews | 3 out of 5
Getting Lucky Number Seven (Taking Shots #1) by Cindi Madsen | 4 out of 5
Anatomy of a Player (Taking Shots #2) by Cindi Madsen | 3 out of 5
Next Year in Havanah by Chanel Cleeton | 4.25 out of 5

My favorite read of the week goes to Next Year in Havana by Chanel Cleeton. That ended up being a super good story and I enjoyed pretty much all parts of it. I’ll be buddy reviewing it with Ames so stay tuned for that.

Magic Bites and Anatomy of a Player were both slow starts and I did like them, I just liked them least of the books read. I am looking forward to reading the next books in both series so that’s something.

What I Reviewed

Bad Reputation (Bad Bachelors #1) by Stefanie London | 1 out of 5
Overnight Sensation (Brooklyn Bruisers #5) by Sarina Bowen | 4.5 out of 5

What I Posted

The Weekly Recap (124)
The Wednesday Post (9)

What I Got

Nothing this week. Lots of other stuff going on. Maybe this week…

What I Got for Review

Nothing this week.

What Made Me Laugh

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


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The Wednesday Post (9)

Posted March 13, 2019 by Rowena in Books, Features | 1 Comment

Can’t Wait Wednesday is hosted by Tessa over at Wishful Endings and it was based on Waiting on Wednesday that was hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine. WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme that is hosted by Sam at Taking on a World of Words.

I decided that I’m going to do a mashup of the Can’t Wait Wednesday and WWW Wednesday posts here on my blog. I’m bringing them together and calling it The Wednesday Post. Here’s what I’m up to this week.

WWW Wednesday

What did you recently finish reading?

Repeat by Kylie Scott

My friend Holly really enjoyed listening to this book and recommended it to me so I finally listened to it and while I liked it, I didn’t love it as much as Holly did. I did really enjoy Clem’s journey to finding out who she used to be and who she wanted to be now. They were two totally different people and I liked who Clem was now. The romance between her and Ed was cute but not the highlight of the story for me.

What are you currently reading?

Magic Bites (Kate Daniels #1) by Ilona Andrews

I’m on Day 5 of reading this book and I’m barely halfway through. I’ve been hearing such great things about this series but holy shit is this book slow af. I’ve got my fingers crossed that something finally happens because I need to finish this damn book already.

What do you think you’ll read next?

Next Year in Havana by Chanel Cleeton

I’m going to jump into this book because I’m reading it with Ames and it’ll be our next buddy review. I’m pretty anxious to read it since it’s been getting rave reviews everywhere. Woot!

Can’t Wait Wednesday
The Wednesday Post (9)Natalie Tan's Book of Luck and Fortune by Roselle Lim
Published by Penguin, Berkley on June 11, 2019
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 320
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley
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Lush and visual, chock-full of delicious recipes, Roselle Lim's magical debut novel is about food, heritage, and finding family in the most unexpected places.

At the news of her mother's death, Natalie Tan returns home. The two women hadn't spoken since Natalie left in anger seven years ago, when her mother refused to support her chosen career as a chef. Natalie is shocked to discover the vibrant neighborhood of San Francisco's Chinatown that she remembers from her childhood is fading, with businesses failing and families moving out. She's even more surprised to learn she has inherited her grandmother's restaurant.

The neighborhood seer reads the restaurant's fortune in the leaves: Natalie must cook three recipes from her grandmother's cookbook to aid her struggling neighbors before the restaurant will succeed. Unfortunately, Natalie has no desire to help them try to turn things around--she resents the local shopkeepers for leaving her alone to take care of her agoraphobic mother when she was growing up. But with the support of a surprising new friend and a budding romance, Natalie starts to realize that maybe her neighbors really have been there for her all along.

"Vivid and lyrical with a touch of magic."--Helen Hoang, author of The Kiss Quotient

This week, I’m looking forward to this book. I’m really digging the Asian romances right now because my Polynesian ass relates to a lot of the cultural stuff that’s in them and I’m just over here, hoping and praying that one of my favorite authors writes a romance for a Samoan character…

So, what are you reading this week? Anything good? Anything that you want to rant about?
Are you looking forward to Natalie Tan’s Book of Fortune and Luck? What other books are you looking forward to releasing this year?


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The Monthly Recap: February 2019

Posted March 12, 2019 by Rowena in Books, Features | 1 Comment

It’s been a long couple of weeks for me. Lots of family stuff, on top of some work stuff going on that just has kept me busy and that is the reason why this post is coming to you guys so late. I’ve also been in a bit of a blog slump as well. This month’s recap is mostly going to be a bookish one, I think I’m going to move this post to a more bookish one and leave the personal recap to another post. These posts are really long with just the book stuff so I’m going to separate these for the time being.

Now, let’s get to the bookish goodness, shall we?

Monthly Book Stats

Books Read: 11 | Books DNF’d: 1
Books Purchased: 3 | Books Received for Review: 12 | Reviews Posted: 15
Highest Grade: Huge Deal by Lauren Layne | Lowest Grade: Bad Reputation by Stefanie London

What I Read

1. Devil’s Daughter (The Ravenels #5) by Lisa Kleypas (eARC) | 4.5 out of 5
2. Risk, The (Briar U #2) by Elle Kennedy (eARC) | 4.5 out of 5
3. Assist, The (Smart Jocks #1) by Rebecca Jenshak (eBook) | 3 out of 5
4. Huge Deal (21 Wall Street #3) by Lauren Layne (eBook) | 5 out of 5
5. Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie, The (Mckenzies & McBrides #1) by Jennifer Ashley (Audiobook) | 4.25 out of 5
6. Only a Breath Apart by Katie McGarry (eARC) | 4 out of 5
7. River Marked (Mercy Briggs #6) by Patricia Briggs | 4.25 out of 5
8. Bad Bachelor (Bad Bachelors #1) by Stefanie London (eBook) | 4 out of 5
9. Bad Reputation (Bad Bachelors #2) by Stefanie London (eBook) | 1 out of 5
10. The Kiss Quotient (The Kiss Quotient #1) by Helen Hoang (Audiobook) | 5 out of 5
11. Bad Influence (Bad Bachelors #3) by Stefanie London (eARC) | DNF

My favorite read of the month goes to Huge Deal (21 Wall Street #3) by Lauren Layne because Kennedy and Kate were the bomb and I couldn’t get enough of their story.

My least favorite read goes to Bad Reputation (Bad Bachelors #2) by Stefanie London. Honestly, that whole series left a bad taste in my mouth but the romance in the first book saved the entire book for me, whereas this book just pissed me off left and right and that continued on in the third book before I just closed that book for good and never went back to it. Gah.

Eye Candy Friday

Kennedy Dawson from Huge Deal by Lauren Layne

What I Reviewed

One and Only (Bridesmaids Behaving Badly #1) by Jenny Holiday | 4.5 out of 5
It Takes Two (Bridesmaids Behaving Badly #2) by Jenny Holiday | 4.75 out of 5
Merrily Ever After (Bridesmaids Behaving Badly #2.5) by Jenny Holiday | 4.75 out of 5
Three Little Words (Bridesmaids Behaving Badly #4.5) by Jenny Holiday | 4.5 out of 5
Fame, Fate, and the First Kiss by Kasie West | 3 out of 5
Thirty Day Boyfriend by Whitney G. | 3 out of 5
From Lukov with Love by Mariana Zapata | 4.25 out of 5
The Risk (Briar U #2) by Elle Kennedy | 4.5 out of 5
Devil’s Daughter (The Ravenels #5) by Lisa Kleypas | 4.75 out of 5
Huge Deal (21 Wall Street #3) by Lauren Layne | 5 out of 5
River Marked (Mercy Thompson #6) by Patricia Briggs | 4.25 out of 5
The Scoundrel in Her Bed (Sins for All Seasons #3) by Lorraine Heath | 4.75 out of 5
The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie (The Mackenzies & McBrides #1) by Jennifer Ashley | 4.25 out of 5
Only a Breath Apart by Katie McGarry | 4.25 out of 5
The Assist (Smart Jocks #1) by Rebecca Jenshak | 3 out of 5

What I Purchased

The Date Dare by Tara Sue Me
Tomboy (The Hartigans #3) by Avery Flynn
Finding Alexei by Kendall Ryan

What I Got for Review

Team Player by Julianna Keyes
The Perfect Date by Evelyn Lozada
Natalie Tan’s Book of Luck and Fortune by Roselle Lim
Waiting for Tom Hanks by Kerry Winfrey
Bridal Boot Camp (Little Bridge Island #0.5) by Meg Cabot
The Austen Playbook (London Celebrities #4) by Lucy Parker
The Risk (Briar U #2) by Elle Kennedy
The Right Swipe (Modern Love #1) by Alisha Rai

There you have it, the month that was February in books for me. How did your month look? Did you read any good books? Any bad books? Share with me in the comments!


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