Monthly Recap: August 2017

Posted September 14, 2017 by Rowena in Features | 1 Comment

August was a busy month for me and for my family. Summer came to an end, we went to Vegas for our annual end of summer family vacation, we moved Meghan into her dorm room, Brenna came home from her summer trip to Colorado and started her freshman year of college. We also got to spend some time with baby Caiden without his parents for an entire week. That was fun and I miss him just a little more every day that passes and he’s in Utah and I’m here in California. We also celebrated some birthdays. Brookey, Caleb, my sister Blanche and Brenna’s boyfriend RJ and then my friends Foti and Ralph. When did August get so popular in the birthday department? Ha!

September will be filled with lots of school stuff. Brenna starts basketball with Kenna, Chase and Brody are playing football and Makaela is playing volleyball. There are 9 of us siblings and we all have kids. Our lives are never boring, that’s for sure.

What I Did

Team Wilson Gang Takes Over Vegas

Before summer ended, Team Wilson gang headed out to Vegas for a week of fun in the desert sun and we laughed the week away. So much fun swimming, eating and shopping at the outlets.

Jarred’s Baby Shower

As you can see, I really liked the dessert table at my nephew’s baby shower. The whole theme for the shower was Wild Things and the decorations were adorable…the snickerdoodle bars were the bomb too.

Moved Meghan into her Dorm

Meghan started her junior year of college at Vanguard University and we went to help her set up her dorm. I thought the whole set up came out well.

What I Read

1. Love in the Friend Zone by Molly E. Lee | 4 out of 5
2. Arm Candy (Real Love #2) by Jessica Lemmon | 4.25 out of 5
3. Links by Lisa Becker | 3 out of 5
4. Gentlemen Prefer Heiresses (Scandalous Gentlemen of St. James #4.5) by Lorraine Heath | 4.25 out of 5
5. Royally Screwed (Royally #1) by Emma Chase | 4 out of 5
6. Clean Sweep (Innkeeper Chronicles #1) by Ilona Andrews | 4 out of 5
7. Something about You (FBI/US Attorney’s #1) by Julie James | 4.25 out of 5
8. Royally Matched (Royally #2) by Emma Chase | 4.5 out of 5
9. Royally Raised (Royally #2.5) by Emma Chase | 4 out of 5
10. Royally Endowed (Royally #3) by Emma Chase | 4 out of 5
11. Temporary by Sarina Bowen & Sarah Mayberry | 4 out of 5
12. Fallen Heir (Royals #4) by Erin Watt | DNF

My favorite read of the month goes to Royally Matched (Royally #2) by Emma Chase. I just adored Henry and Sarah’s story. I loved Sarah so much too.

My least favorite read of the month goes to Fallen Heir (Royals #4) by Erin Watt. I just couldn’t deal with the Royals shenanigans. I’m also not here for another cliffhanger so I think I’m going to quit this series for good.

What I Reviewed


8/4: How to Change a Life by Stacey Ballis | 3 out of 5
8/15: Ready to Run (I Do, I Don’t #1) by Lauren Layne | 3.5 out of 5
8/22: Love in the Friend Zone by Molly E. Lee | 4 out of 5
8/23: Queen of Babble in the Big City (Queen of Babble #2) by Meg Cabot | 4.5 out of 5
8/28: Links by Lisa Becker | 3 out of 5
8/29: The Perfectly Imperfect Match (Suttonville Sentinels #3) by Kendra C. Highley | 3 out of 5
8/30: Royally Screwed (Royally #1) by Emma Chase | 4 out of 5

What I Bought


North to You (Journey to the Heart #1) by Tif Marcelo
Only with You (The Best Mistake #1) by Lauren Layne
Made for You (The Best Mistake #2) by Lauren Layne
Steadfast (True North #2) by Sarina Bowen
Royally Endowed (Royally #3) by Emma Chase
Temporary Arrangement (The Renaldi’s #0.5) by Karen Erickson
Big Shot by Carly Phillips & Erika Wilde
The Soul Mate (Roommates #4) by Kendall Ryan

What I Got for Review

Fallen Heir (Royals #4) by Erin Watt
Temporary by Sarina Bowen & Sarah Mayberry

What I Listened To

This song was my favorite song from August. August was the month that we decided to get a group together to go to Stagecoach. The we that I’m talking about is me, Bren and Ken. Ha. Brett Young is going to be there so I’m all in. I honestly can’t wait, it’s going to be so much fun, I just know it.

What I Watched on TV

This is the only show that I remember from July to August. LOL. Can you blame me? Jon and Dany and the big war and Jon’s real identity (and name!), the Stark shenanigans, it all made for one thrilling season and we’ve got a long ass wait until the next and final season. Someone hold me.

What Movies I Watched

These were the only movies that I watched in August because, well, Game of Thrones. Everything is GOT’s fault. I didn’t shit else but watch and obsessed over that damn show and Jon Snow. Ha!

What I Loved

Poke Bowls

Brenna and I are pretty addicted to the poke bowls at the Poke Bar. They opened one near our house which is a lot closer than our normal poke bowl spot and we get to mix and match our poke bowls just the way that we like it. We’ve had poke for lunch or dinner every week in August. Brenna is getting scared that we might be close to being in danger of mercury poisoning, we’ve eaten there so much. But dude, it’s the bomb.

Man, what a month. How was your August? Did you do anything fun? Read or watch anything that was good? Bad? I’d love to hear about it all in the comments!


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Week in Review (64)

Posted September 11, 2017 by Rowena in Features | 1 Comment

I’ve been working on book related things last week and that cut into my blogging time for this blog. I meant to do things for this blog but time got away from me so I’m hoping to get that situated for this week.

What I’m Currently Reading

Duke of My Heart (Season for Scandal #1) by Kelly Bowen.

Scandal can be handled…

Captain Maximus Harcourt, the unconventional tenth Duke of Alderidge, can deal with tropical storms, raging seas, and the fiercest of pirates. But he’s returned home from his latest voyage to find a naked earl—quite inconveniently deceased—tied to his missing sister’s bed. And he has only one place to turn. Now he’s at the mercy of the captivating Miss Ivory Moore of Chegarre & Associates, known throughout London for smoothing over the most dire of scandals.

Miss Moore treats the crisis as though it were no more serious than a cup of spilt tea on an expensive rug. As though this sort of thing happened on the job every day. Max has never in all his life met a woman with such nerve. Her dark eyes are too wide, her mouth is too full, her cheekbones too sharp. Yet together, she’s somehow…flawless. It’s just like his love for her, imperfect, unexpected—yet absolutely true.

I’m finally getting around to reading the book that Ames and I will be buddy-reviewing here on the blog. We wanted to step away from our normal contemporary romances so we chose a historical romance that neither of us has read. I’ve never read anything by Kelly Bowen but I’m looking forward to jumping into this one since the blurb has piqued my interest.

Has anyone read a Kelly Bowen book before? Has anyone read this book before?

What I Read

If There’s No Tomorrow by Jennifer L. Armentrout | 4 out of 5
Chasing Christmas Eve (Heartbreaker Bay #4) by Jill Shalvis | 4 out of 5
A Lot Like Love (FBI/US Attorney’s #2) by Julie James (re-read) | 4.5 out of 5

What I Reviewed

The Final Score (Play by Play #13) by Jaci Burton
Gentlemen Prefer Heiresses (Scandalous Gentlemen of St. James #4.5) by Lorraine Heath
Arm Candy (Real Love #2) by Jessica Lemmon

What I Posted

9/06: Cover Reveal: Hot Stuff by Kim Karr
9/06: Books to Binge On: September 2017
9/07: Cover Reveal: Forget You, Ethan by Whitney G.
9/07: Monthly Reads: August 2017
9/08: What Are You Reading? (394)
9/09: WTF Cover Saturday (225)
9/10: Sunday Spotlight: The Final Score by Jaci Burton

What I Got

Nothing. At least I don’t remember getting anything.

What I Got for Review

Roomies by Christina Lauren
Love, Life & the List by Kasie West

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


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Week in Review (63)

Posted September 4, 2017 by Rowena in Features | 1 Comment

Ugh, this was supposed to go up yesterday but I completely forgot to schedule it so you guys are getting this a day later than normal. I hope all of my American friends enjoyed their Labor Day and everyone else enjoyed their Monday. 🙂

Brenna’s got her first week of college down and so far, she’s doing well. She’s adjusting to her new schedule, she’s got all of the classes she needs to play basketball so we’re happy…for now.

Aside from Brenna starting school, this week we have my great-nephew Caiden in town and I have enjoyed spending all of my free time with him. He’s the cutest baby! His parents flew down this weekend to pick him up and they’re on their way back home to Utah (boo!). It’s been a blast having him here with us and I can’t wait to see him again even though he’ll be bigger by Christmas. 🙁

What I’m Currently Reading

If There’s No Tomorrow by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Lena Wise is always looking forward to tomorrow, especially at the start of her senior year. She’s ready to pack in as much friend time as possible, to finish college applications and to maybe let her childhood best friend Sebastian know how she really feels about him. For Lena, the upcoming year is going to be epic—one of opportunities and chances.

Until one choice, one moment, destroys everything.

Now Lena isn’t looking forward to tomorrow. Not when friend time may never be the same. Not when college applications feel all but impossible. Not when Sebastian might never forgive her for what happened.

For what she let happen.

With the guilt growing each day, Lena knows that her only hope is to move on. But how can she move on when her and her friends’ entire existences have been redefined? How can she move on when tomorrow isn’t even guaranteed?

I didn’t get a lot of reading done this weekend since I was spending all of my free time with Caiden so I didn’t get this book started last week like I intended.

But I’m reading it now and so far, it’s pretty good.

What I Read

Temporary by Sarina Bowen & Sarah Mayberry | 4 out of 5
Fallen Heir (Royals #4) by Erin Watt | DNF
The Final Score (Play by Play #13) by Jaci Burton | 4 out of 5

What I Reviewed

The Duchess Deal (Girl Meets Duke #1) by Tessa Dare
The Perfectly Imperfect Match (Suttonville Sentinels #3) by Kendra C. Highley
Links by Lisa Becker
Royally Screwed (Royally #1) by Emma Chase

What I Posted

8/28: Week in Review (62)
8/29: TV Tuesday (3)
8/31: Movie Review: Girls Trip
9/01: Eye Candy Friday: Jon Snow
9/01: What Are You Reading? (393)
9/02: WTF Cover Saturday (224)

What I Got

Surprisingly, I didn’t get anything this week. Yay for my bank account, boo for me. There’s always this week though. 😉

What I Got for Review

I just got one book for review this week. This book looks like a good one so I’m stoked to be reading it soon.

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


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