The Weekly Recap (144)

Posted January 13, 2020 by Rowena in Books, Features | 2 Comments

Happy Monday, everyone!

I hope you guys had a good week last week and that this week treats you well. My week was pretty busy at work and then I had some social things that I needed to attend over the weekend so I didn’t get to read as much as I wanted. I still got some reading done so it wasn’t too bad. I went to a baby shower over the weekend and was able to see one of my best friend’s younger sisters who came down to L.A. from Arizona and it was so good to see and catch up with her that it made my entire weekend.

But you know what made my entire week? CAIDEN’S A BIG BROTHER NOW!!

Chloe (Caiden’s Mom) gave birth to Baby Lasi two weeks early and Baby Lasi doesn’t even look like a premie. She’s a big baby already but oh man is she adorable. Everyone has said that Baby Lasi looks like Markus (her Daddy), Caiden but to me, she looks dead on like her Mama did when Chloe was a baby. Baby Lasi is just a little darker than Chloe was and Lasi doesn’t have a strawberry on her forehead the way that Chloe did either. She’s super cute and everyone has already met her except for us California folks. Grandma Blanche and Aunty Blue drove out to meet Baby Lasi yesterday but us folks that couldn’t take the time off have to wait until the end of February to meet her when they come to California for Baby Lasi’s first trip to her California home. I can’t wait!

Now, onto the books…

What I’m Currently Reading
The Weekly Recap (144)The Witness by Nora Roberts
Published by Penguin on April 17, 2012
Genres: Romantic Suspense
Point of View: Third Person
Pages: 492
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
Add It: Goodreads
Reading Challenges: 2020 A-Z Challenge, 2020 Goodreads Challenge

Daughter of a controlling mother, Elizabeth finally let loose one night, drinking at a nightclub and allowing a strange man's seductive Russian accent lure her to a house on Lake Shore Drive. The events that followed changed her life forever.

Twelve years later, the woman known as Abigail Lowery lives on the outskirts of a small town in the Ozarks. A freelance programmer, she designs sophisticated security systems -- and supplements her own security with a fierce dog and an assortment of firearms. She keeps to herself, saying little, revealing nothing. But Abigail's reserve only intrigues police chief Brooks Gleason. Her logical mind, her secretive nature, and her unromantic viewpoints leave him fascinated but frustrated. He suspects that Abigail needs protection from something -- and that her elaborate defenses hide a story that must be revealed.

With a quirky, unforgettable heroine and a pulse-pounding plotline, Nora Roberts presents a riveting new read that cements her place as today's most reliably entertaining thriller -- and will leave people hungering for more.

I’m about halfway through The Witness by Nora Roberts and I’m really enjoying it. I’ve got to read it for book club next week and it was my choice so I’m glad that so far, it’s good. Even Therese is enjoying the book and she doesn’t enjoy very many of our book club books.

What I Read

The Rebel King (All the Kings Men #2) by Kennedy Ryan (eBook) | 4.25 out of 5
Heartland (True North #7) by Sarina Bowen (eARC) | 4.25 out of 5

What I Reviewed

Marriage on Madison Avenue by Lauren Layne | 3.5 out of 5
The A.I. Who Loved Me by Alyssa Cole | 4 out of 5
The One for You by Roni Loren | 5 out of 5
Grand Theft N.Y.E. by Katrina Jackson | 4 out of 5
Grumpy Jake by Melissa Blue | 4.25 out of 5

What I Posted

The Weekly Recap (143)

What I Got

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

What I Got for Review

Heartland (True North #7) by Sarina Bowen
Forbidden Promises by Synithia Williams
One Last Chance (One Day to Forever #3) by Therese Beharrie

What Made Me Laugh

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

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The Weekly Recap (143)

Posted January 6, 2020 by Rowena in Books, Features | 3 Comments

Hello! My name is Rowena and I used to blog on this thing a lot. It’s a new year, so hopefully, some new blogging hobbies will reappear in my life. Ha! Anyway, I’m back! I’ve written up some posts to keep this blog running and though it’s a personal blog (that is very bookish), I’m happy to have everyone here. 🙂 I missed y’all! Also…

I’m hoping that 2020 treats us all better than 2019 did and that we’ll all read our next favorite book this year. Like, that book. I hope everyone had a great end of the year celebration and that you guys are all ready to kick 2020’s ass. Make it a good year, folks!

Now, onto the books…

What I’m Currently Reading
The Weekly Recap (143)The Rebel King by Kennedy Ryan
Series: All the Kings Men #2
Published by Self-Published, Kennedy Ryan on November 18, 2019
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Point of View: First Person
Pages: 348
Format: eBook
Source: Kindle Unlimited
Add It: Goodreads
Reading Challenges: 2020 Goodreads Challenge

Ambition. Revenge. Love.

Raised to resist. Bred to fight. Survival is in my blood and surrender is never an option.

Though surrender is what Maxim Cade demanded of my body and heart, I had other plans. We were fast-burning fascination and combustible chemistry, but the man I trusted with everything was a trickster. A thief who stole my love. If what we had was a lie, why did it feel so real? The man I swore to hate will have it all, and wants me at his side. But power is a game, and we're the pawns and players.

Facing insurmountable odds, will we win the world, or will we lose it all?

Rita Award-winning author Kennedy Ryan delivers the gripping conclusion to the All the King's Men Duet.

I have caught up on all of my review books, well I should say that I’m current on all of my review books so now I can jump back into the world that Kennedy Ryan created for Maxim Cade and Lennix Hunter…and I can’t wait. This is what I’m reading today.

What I Read

Grumpy Jake by Melissa Blue (eBook) | 4 out of 5
Grand Theft N.Y.E. (Holiday Heist #1) by Katrina Jackson (eBook) | 4 out of 5
The One for You (The Ones Who Got Away #4) by Roni Loren (eARC) | 5 out of 5
Love Lettering by Kate Clayborn (eBook) | 3.75 out of 5
Headliners (London Celebrities #5) by Lucy Parker (eARC) | 4 out of 5

What I Reviewed

Lady Derring Takes a Lover (The Palace of Rogues #1) by Julie Anne Long | 4.25 out of 5
Getting Played (Getting Some #2) by Emma Chase | 4.25 out of 5

What I Got

Love Lettering by Kate Clayborn
Grand Theft N.Y.E. (Holiday Heist #1) by Katrina Jackson
Every New Year (Love at Last #1) by Katrina Jackson

What I Got for Review

Chasing Cassandra (The Ravenels #6) by Lisa Kleypas

What Made Me Laugh

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

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My Watch List (1)

Posted November 21, 2019 by Rowena in Features, Movies, TV Shows | 3 Comments

Nick over at The Infinite Limits of Love has a feature up on her blog where she talks about what she’s watching in movies and on TV. I’ll be doing the same thing here, just not every week since I don’t watch movies like that and I don’t always have anything to say about the shows that I’m watching.

Here’s the latest batch of stuff that I’ve been watching. Check it out!


After (2019)
Released on April 12, 2019
Starring: Josephine Langford, Hero Fiennes Tiffin, Khadijha Red Thunder, Selma Blair
Run Time: 1 hour, 45 minutes
Genres: Drama, Romance
Source: Netflix
Rating: PG-13

Based on Anna Todd’s novel, AFTER follows Tessa (Langford), a dedicated student, dutiful daughter and loyal girlfriend to her high school sweetheart, as she enters her first semester in college. Armed with grand ambitions for her future, her guarded world opens up when she meets the dark and mysterious Hardin Scott (Tiffin), a magnetic, brooding rebel who makes her question all she thought she knew about herself and what she wants out of life.

I’ve heared loads of mixed reviews on this movie. People who read the book and didn’t like the book, liked the movie. People who haven’t read the book but loved the movie, stuff like that. I wasn’t all that interested in watching it because I heard the book was so bad but Brenna loved this movie. She said that it made her cry, it made her happy and she liked everything about it. So on a lazy weekend, I decided to watch this movie on Netflix. Now, I never read the book so I went into this movie with no expectations or really knowing anything about it. The only thing I knew was that Selma Blair played the girl’s Mom.

I didn’t absolutely hate this movie but I didn’t love it either. The main characters were immature and it was hard for me to connect with either of them. Harden was a whiny little baby that I wanted to kick in the balls. I felt bad for Tessa even though the Mom in me wanted to spank her for her stupid decisions. I did enjoy parts of the movie though. The parts where they’re falling in love was fun to watch and I thought both actors portrayed their characters well. So while it wasn’t the best, it was still enjoyable.

3 out of 5

Destination Wedding (2018)
Released on August 2, 2018
Starring: Keanu Reeves, Winona Ryder
Run Time: 1 hour, 27 minutes
Genres: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Source: Amazon Prime
Rating: R

When Frank and Lindsay meet on their way to a destination wedding, they soon discover they have a lot in common: they both hate the bride, the groom, the wedding, themselves, and each other. As the weekend’s events continually force them together — and their cheerlessness immediately isolates them from the other guests — Frank and Lindsay find that if you verbally spar with someone long enough, anything can happen.

This was a movie that I was actually looking forward to watching. I kept putting it off and putting it off so when I finally watched it, I was ready for some Keanu and Winona romance…only this movie was boring. I should say that a lot of the movie was boring to me. They spent the entire movie just talking shit about the groom and everything else in their lives. Legit, that’s the only thing that happens in this movie. They meet on the airplane on their way to the same wedding. They talk shit on the airplane. They get to resort where the wedding is going to take place and find out that their rooms are next door to each other and they talk shit over there. They get to the rehearsal dinner (though why the ex-girlfriend of the groom was invited to that, I still don’t understand) and they sit together and talk shit there. They meet up again at the wedding, talk some more shit, have sex with each other and then they go home. All the while, they’re talking shit. Not even Keanu Reeves could save this movie for me.

1 out of 5

Last Christmas (2019)
Released on November 8, 2019
Starring: Emilia Clarke, Henry Golding, Emma Thompson
Run Time: 1 hour, 43 minutes
Genres: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Source: AMC Movie Theaters
Rating: PG-13

Kate is a young woman subscribed to bad decisions. Her last date with disaster? That of having accepted to work as Santa’s elf for a department store. However, she meets Tom there. Her life takes a new turn. For Kate, it seems too good to be true.

I went to see this movie for my birthday last week for two reasons. 1) Brenna and her cousins were going to see it and I wanted to crash their cousin date and 2) I wanted to see if I was right about Henry Golding’s character. If you’re on Twitter and part of Romancelandia, then I’m sure you heard the theories going around about this movie so I’m not even going to go into all of that and I’m not going to ruin the surprise or anything, just know that I was right and I was wrong about Henry Golding’s character. I’m just going to leave it at that.

My issues with this movie stemmed from Emilia Clarke’s character. Her name is Katarina, she got sick and she’s better now but she lives her life in constant fear and while I could understand that, the way that she treated other people in her life, the people that cared for her? Ugh, I hated it. She also does something that I couldn’t stand and almost couldn’t come back from. I’ll hide that spoiler below so click at your own risk.

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She does make up for all of the shit that pissed me off but I really hate when characters lash out when they’re hurting and scared. If you’re scared then be scared but dragging other people into your drama annoys me. Still, there were parts of this story that made me laugh, I enjoyed Kate’s family and even the romance between Kate and Tom. The ending was okay, cheesy but not bad. So this wasn’t a complete downer but it was cheesy.

3.25 out of 5

TV Shows

All American (Season 2)
Starring: Daniel Ezra, Bre-Z, Samantha Logan, Cody Christian, Michael Evans Behling, Greta Onieogou
Genres: Drama, Sports
Network: The CW
Rating: TV-14

Spencer James is a rising high school football player and A student at South Crenshaw High, but when coach Billy Baker recruits him to join his team in Beverly Hills, Spencer’s mother, Grace, and his best friend, Coop, convince him it’s an opportunity he has to seize. Forced to move in with Billy and his family to protect his transfer permit to Beverly, Billy’s son Jordan, who is also the starting quarterback, is less than thrilled to be sharing his father’s attention — or the team spotlight. While Spencer struggles to find his footing, he makes an unlikely friend in Jordan’s sister, who is struggling with her own demons.

I was complete trash for this show last season and that hasn’t changed now that we’re about halfway through the second season. There is so much going on with each character and I’m loving the build-up, the pay off and just everything about this show. From Spencer’s family drama with his father, to Layla’s personal drama with her depression, and then Jordan’s drama with Simone (Hot damn, Jordan!) and Billy’s family drama?? I seriously can’t get enough of this show. It’s a hot mess and I’m here for all of it. Right now, I’m shipping Olivia and Asher and I’ve been shipping them since last season. Their story isn’t an easy one but boy am I here for it all. I love how everyone has their own thing that they’re battling week in and week out but each character is linked with each other in one way or another. I’m loving all of the drama and this is one of the shows that I will not be giving up on, not like the other shows that I used to watch religiously and just don’t anymore. This is one of the good ones.

A Million Little Things (Season 2)
Starring: David Giuntoli, Romany Malco, Allison Miller, Grace Park, Christina Moses, James Roday, Stephanie Szostak
Genres: Comedy, Drama, Mystery
Network: ABC
Rating: TV-14

It has been said that friendship isn’t one big thing, it’s a million little things. That is certainly true for a group of friends from Boston who bonded under unexpected circumstances. Some have achieved success, others are struggling in their careers and relationships, but all of them feel stuck in life. After one of them dies unexpectedly, it’s just the wake-up call the others need to finally start living. Along the way, they discover that friends may be the one thing that can save them from themselves.

When it comes to TV Shows, I got a type. The more dramatic, the more I love it. I’m okay with cheesy drama (hello, Vampire Diaries anyone??) and this show is stacked to the ceiling with drama but man do I love it. Every episode feels like a season finale and I’m here for all of the drama. I’m constantly wrapped up in what everyone has going on and even though I’m not that wild about some of the characters (Delilah annoys the shit out of me and Maggie makes it super hard to connect with her at times), I love the characters that I love enough to overlook the characters I want to strangle week in and week out. I completely adore Katherine. I LOVE Gary and my favorites definitely include Rome and Regina. I just love them to pieces. Season 2 is shaping up to be just as compelling as Season 1 was and I’m thrilled. I’ve given up on a lot of shows in the last few months but this isn’t one of them. I love this show.

Dollface (Season 1)
Starring: Kat Dennings, Brenda Song, Shay Mitchell, Esther Povitsky, Beth Grant, Connor Hines
Genres: Comedy
Network: Hulu
Rating: TV-MA

After being dumped by her longtime boyfriend, Jules must deal with her own imagination to literally and metaphorically reenter the world of women and rekindle the female friendships she left behind.

I don’t watch too many comedies, cause I’m hella extra but I binge-watched the entire first season of this series in one day. I laughed my ass off too. Not a lot of these girl squad comedies work for me but this one did. Was it corny and over the top? Sometimes but that was kind of what made it work. The actual cat lady? Loved her. Jules girl squad was the bomb, I loved each of them though my favorite was Izzy. This was a good first season and I’m looking forward to watching the second one (because Hulu better bring this show back!) So much fun!

Have you watched any of these movies or TV Shows? What did you think about them? Share in the comments!