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

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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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Review: Sustained by Emma Chase

Posted March 7, 2017 by Rowena in Reviews | 15 Comments

Review: Sustained by Emma ChaseSustained by Emma Chase
Series: Legal Briefs #2
Published by Simon & Schuster, Gallery Books on August 25th 2015
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 267
Format: eBook
Source: Bought
Goodreads
five-stars
Reading Challenges: The Totally Doable 2017 RBLB Reading Challenge

A knight in tarnished armor is still a knight.

When you’re a defense attorney in Washington, DC, you see firsthand how hard life can be, and that sometimes the only way to survive is to be harder. I, Jake Becker, have a reputation for being cold, callous, and intimidating—and that suits me just fine. In fact, it’s necessary when I’m breaking down a witness on the stand.

Complications don’t work for me—I’m a “need-to-know” type of man. If you’re my client, tell me the basic facts. If you’re my date, stick to what will turn you on. I’m not a therapist or Prince Charming—and I don’t pretend to be.

Then Chelsea McQuaid and her six orphaned nieces and nephews came along and complicated the ever-loving hell out of my life. Now I'm going to Mommy & Me classes, One Direction concerts, the emergency room, and arguing cases in the principal's office.

Chelsea’s too sweet, too innocent, and too gorgeous for her own good. She tries to be tough, but she’s not. She needs someone to help her, defend her…and the kids.

And that — that, I know how to do.

Sustained is the second book in the Legal Briefs series and the first book that I read for the 2017 Totally Doable Reading Challenge. It’s a book that I read for the first time in 2015 and gave 5 stars to. I was really surprised with how much I liked this book when I first read it because I hated the first book in the Legal Briefs series, Overruled, a lot. Like, a lot a lot. Stanton and Sofia drove me up the wall but Jake and Chelsea? Absolutely loved them.

Jake Becker is a defense attorney who just had an STD scare so he’s trying something new. He’s vetting his sleeping partners. Ha! He’s going to try dating girls before sleeping with them because he’s not trying to have another scare. He doesn’t understand it but with the help of his friends, he’s going to give it a shot. He’s got a date lined up and he’s anxious to get started. He’s appalled that his friends actually date the women that they sleep with because who the hell does that? Apparently, everyone but him. At the rate that he’s going, he won’t get laid for at least two more weeks and he’s not about that life.

Before his timeline can start he meets young Rory McQuaid who successfully picks his pocket but Jake isn’t about to let a young kid get the best of him so he gives chase and catches the little shit. When Jake takes him home to meet with his parents and rat his bad ass out, Jake meets Chelsea and the rest of Rory’s siblings and his life is never the same again.

Chelsea McQuaid is 26 years old and is raising her brother’s six kids on her own. She’s much too busy for a relationship but Jake Becker sneaks up on her in ways she wasn’t prepared for but isn’t exactly against. Sure, she’s got no time for sexy times with her Mom responsibilities overtaking her life but she’s all the kids have and they’re the priority but with Jake becoming more and more of a fixture in their lives, she’s thinking that they’ll be alright.

Of course, things aren’t as easy as she wants them to be but love is worth the trouble, right? Right. Chelsea and Jake were fantastic characters with a story that I eat up every single time that I read it. I read this book two years ago and it was a 5 star read then and this year, it’s a 5 star read still. I completely adored every single child and watching Jake fall for not only Chelsea but every single kid melted me at every turn. From Riley all the way down to Ronan, I was in love. I loved that Jake had a distinct relationship with every single kid. I loved seeing him with the girls just as much as I loved seeing him with the girls and my heart broke in two when things get hard for the family, Rory ran to Jake. I was a puddle of emotions by then.

Chelsea was a fantastic heroine. So strong and sure in the choices she made. From leaving school to jumping into being a Mom to her nieces and nephews, she sat on her own grief to be strong for the kids and my heart went out to her with every passing page. She was caring and she was loving and she was hot too so that was a plus. 🙂

There isn’t a thing that I didn’t love about this book and I understand that it makes this review a freaking fangirl review but it can’t be helped…I’m a total fangirl for Jake and Chelsea. This book man, it’s so damn good. If you haven’t read it for yourself, do yourself a favor and fix that because this book isn’t to be missed!

My Rating


5 out of 5

five-stars

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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

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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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