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Eye Candy Friday: Clarke West from Marriage on Madison Avenue by Lauren Layne

Posted February 14, 2020 by Rowena in Books, Features | 2 Comments

Eye Candy Friday is all about the heroes and heroines that I’m loving and wanting to spotlight right now. Sometimes I’ll do full-on gush fest posts on why I love these guys, sometimes I’ll post pictures of what I think they look like and that’s it but if they’re featured here, the one thing that will be constant is I loved the hell out of them and want everyone to know. Thanks for coming along for the ride.

First and foremost, Happy Valentine’s Day everyone! I hope you are all celebrating it however the hell you want to celebrate it.

Eye Candy Friday: Clarke West from Marriage on Madison Avenue by Lauren LayneMarriage on Madison Avenue by Lauren Layne
Series: The Central Park Pact #3
Published by Gallery Books on January 28, 2020
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Point of View: Third Person
Pages: 288
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley
Add It: Goodreads

From New York Times bestselling author Lauren Layne, comes the final installment of the Central Park Pact series, a heartfelt and laugh-out-loud romantic comedy that’s perfect for fans of Sally Thorne and Christina Lauren.

Can guys and girls ever be just friends? According to Audrey Tate and Clarke West, absolutely. After all, they’ve been best friends since childhood without a single romantic entanglement. Clarke is the charming playboy Audrey can always count on, and he knows that the ever-loyal Audrey will never not play along with his strategy for dodging his matchmaking mother—announcing he’s already engaged…to Audrey.

But what starts out as a playful game between two best friends turns into something infinitely more complicated, as just-for-show kisses begin to stir up forbidden feelings. As the faux wedding date looms closer, Audrey and Clarke realize that they can never go back to the way things were, but deep down, do they really want to?

Today’s eye candy is Clarke West from Marriage on Madison Avenue by Lauren Layne. You can read all about what I thought about Clarke’s book here.

Hero Casting

The Central Park Pact

Have you read Marriage on Madison Avenue? Did you love Clark West as much as I did? Who is your favorite character this week?


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My TBR Pile: February 2020

Posted February 13, 2020 by Rowena in Books, Features | 1 Comment

So, every month I put a list together of the books that I either need to read for review or the books that I want to get around to reading (finally). I’m also trying to be more responsible with my Kindle Unlimited and Audible Escape subscriptions so I’m going to post my TBR Pile on the blog so you guys can keep me honest. This year, I’m going to start breaking my TBR Pile up into different sections so that I know which books I’m reading for what because in my old age, I need the reminders.

This month’s post is coming to you guys a little late because I had a slow start to the year. I blame that completely on my need to spend time with Baby Matalasi and Caiden while they were here for most of January. They were just too cute and so much fun to be around that I found myself wanting to be around them all the time. I also spent the last week of January until now in a state of mourning over the death of Kobe Bryant and his daughter, Gigi.

I’m a long time Laker fan and a fan of my hometown of Los Angeles and Kobe was a big part of growing up in L.A. I’ve seen him grow from a cocky asshole NBA player to a mature man who was raising four young daughters and loved being their Dad. I never had a personal connection with him but I was a huge fan of the way that he put the Lakers on his back and carried us to victory more times than I can count. I was a huge fan of the person that he became later in his career with the Lakers. How he did everything for us fans both on and off the court. I was a huge fan of the way that he made time for everyone. He helped young NBA stars on the rise, coached his daughter’s basketball team, supported his other daughter’s volleyball team, had Disney dates with his younger daughters, helped D1 colleges around the country but he also made time to coach up a small Christian college in Costa Mesa that my niece attended. He was pulled in so many different directions and yet, he made time for everyone and he was so gracious about it all. He was loved by the city of Los Angeles and it showed in the outpouring of love that we’ve seen everywhere we go. Murals have popped up everywhere from Manhattan Beach to Santa Monica to Downtown L.A. We’re in mourning and very protective of those he left behind. My thoughts and prayers haven’t strayed very far for Vanessa and the girls in the time since the accident and I doubt I’ll ever stop thinking and praying for them.

Kobe Bryant was L.A. and we miss him something fierce.

Here’s a breakdown of how I did on last month’s TBR Pile. I did pretty damn good.

Previous Month Stats

Books to Read: 10
Books Read: 10
Books Unread: 0
Pages Read: 3,164 | Hours Listened: 0
Favorite Read: Chasing Cassandra | Least Favorite Read: The Kissing Game

I read all of the books on my TBR Pile from last month. Sure, I cheated a bit since I read all of those books in January and the first part of February but still, I finished them all! Woo hoo! My favorite read from that bunch of books is Chasing Cassandra by Lisa Kleypas. I really enjoyed that one and loved seeing Cassandra and Tom figure out how to be together. Lisa Kleypas always writes great historical romances so I wasn’t surprised that I enjoyed this one. She did well on that one. My least favorite book of the bunch goes to The Kissing Game by Marie Harte. That one was just…not for me.

February’s TBR PILE

Book Club

Devious Lies (Cruel Crown #1) by Parker S. Huntington
Released on December 14, 2019
Publisher: Self Published
Genres: Contemporary
Pages: 702
Format: eBook
Source: Kindle Unlimited

From USA Today bestselling author Parker S. Huntington comes an enemies-to-lovers, slow-burn romance full of revenge and a dash of fate.

“She could enjoy her pretty, perfect world a little longer. Soon enough, everything she owned would be mine.”

I had a plan to escape the friend zone.
Step one: sneak into Reed’s room.
Step two: sleep with him.

But when the lights turned on, it wasn’t familiar blue eyes I saw.
These were dark, angry, and full of demons.
And they belonged to Reed’s much older brother.

Four years later, Nash Prescott is no longer the help’s angry son.
I’m no longer the town’s prized princess.

At twenty-two, I’m broke, in need of a job.
At thirty-two, he’s a billionaire, in need of revenge.

Who cares if my family ruined his?
Who cares if he looks at me with pure loathing?
Who cares if every task he assigns me is designed to torture?

I need the money.
Simple as that.

I’ll suffer his cruelty in silence, knowing there’s one thing he wants more than revenge…


This year for book club is going to be the first year where a different member of the club is responsible for hosting the book club discussion and game. Normally, someone picks a book and where we’ll be meeting (we grab dinner out for our book club) and then I’d prepare a book discussion and game every month. But with my new job and how busy I’ve been over there, I’ve been struggling with book club discussions and games so this year we decided to share the responsibilities and I’m super glad about that. This month’s book was chosen by my friend Amie and she’ll be the first person outside of me and my friend Tasha to prepare a book club meeting. I can’t wait to see what everyone comes up with. I’m also mighty curious about this one and I’ll be listening to it at work tomorrow.

Buddy Reads

Stange Love (Galactic Love #1) by Ann Aguirre: I’ll be reading this book with my buddies Holly and Ames. I’ve never read an alien romance before so this should be interesting.

Magic Strikes (Kate Daniels #3) by Ilona Andrews: I’ll be reading this book with Holly this month. I’ve been meaning to catch up with this series and I just haven’t found the time to do it so thanks to Holly for letting me choose this one as our buddy read. If I’ve got someone depending on me to read it, I’ll read it. At least that’s the hope. Fingers crossed!

Magic Bleeds (Kate Daniels #4) by Ilona Andrews: Ames is a gee because she’s helping me get the Kate Daniels series read by agreeing to read book 4 with me. I can’t wait!

Chasing Cassandra (The Ravenels #6) by Lisa Kleypas: Every month, my Book Binge blog mates try to read at least one book together and this month, we’ll be reading this one. I can’t wait to discuss this book with them.

Review Pile

Undercover Bromance (The Undercover Bromance Book Club #2) by Lyssa Kay Adams
Yours in Scandal (Man of the Year #1) by Lauren Layne
First Comes Scandal (The Rokesbys #4) by Julia Quinn

TBR Pile

Pulling Doubles (The Wright Brothers #2) by Christina C. Jones
Bending the Rules (The Wright Brothers #3) by Christina C. Jones
Christmas with the Wrights (The Wright Brothers #4) by Christina C. Jones

Audiobook TBR Pile

P.S. It’s Always Been You, Pt. 1 by Lauren Blakely
Lucky Suit by Lauren Blakely

What books are on your TBR pile for February? Anything good that I should keep my eye out on? Please share the books you have on deck to read next month.

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The Wednesday Post (24)

Posted February 12, 2020 by Rowena in Books, Features | 0 Comments

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?

One Last Chance by Therese Beharrie
The Upside of Falling by Alex Light

I enjoyed both books but The Upside of Falling was a little slow going in the beginning for me. I need to read more books by Therese Beharrie. I liked One Last Chance.

What are you currently reading?

Forbidden Promises by Synithia Williams

I started this book yesterday and so far, it’s been a pretty easy read. I’m not over the top in love with it but it’s still enjoyable. I should be finished with this one after lunch so we’ll see if this holds up.

What do you think you’ll read next?

Strange Love by Ann Aguirre
Devious Lies by Parker S. Huntington

I need to get cracking on my buddy reads and my book club book. The month is going by so fast and I can’t keep up but book club is on Monday so I need to give myself some time to get Devious Lies read so that I can be ready and win our monthly book club game.

Can’t Wait Wednesday

The Wednesday Post (24)The Earl Takes a Fancy by Lorraine Heath
Series: Sins for All Seasons #5
Published by Harper Collins, Avon on March 31, 2020
Genres: Historical, Romance
Point of View: Alternating Third
Pages: 384
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New York Times bestselling author Lorraine Heath pens another richly satisfying romance in her Sins for all Seasons series.

She’s looking for a nobleman to wed…

Though born out of wedlock, Fancy Trewlove is determined to fulfill her mother’s wish that she marry into nobility. Fancy’s keen intellect and finishing school manners make her the perfect wife for any gentleman—if he’s willing to overlook her scandalous lineage. But Fancy’s plans are thrown into chaos when an intriguing commoner begins visiting her bookshop—and she finds herself unable to stop thinking about him.

He’s looking to escape his title…

Widowed just a year ago, the reclusive Matthew Sommersby, Earl of Rosemont, has been besieged by women hoping to become his next wife. Desperate for anonymity, he sheds Society life to search for the peace that eludes him. Fancy’s shop is his one refuge, until the night their passion erupts into a kiss that nearly leads to her ruin—and leaves both longing for much more.

Together, they discover an unlikely love…

As Fancy finds herself torn between her family’s expectations and her growing feelings for Matthew, secrets are exposed—secrets that force Fancy to question if she can trust her heart’s desire...

I’ve been sitting on this review book because I needed to get through so many others but I’ll be reading this one soon and I can’t wait. I’m so looking forward to seeing who Fancy ends up with. Who is this earl that takes a fancy???

So, what are you reading this week? Anything good? Anything that you want to rant about?
Are you looking forward to The Earl Takes a Fancy? What other books are you looking forward to releasing this year?

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