Week in Books (39)

Posted October 24, 2016 by Rowena in Features | 10 Comments

Week in Books v2

Brenna is playing in a pre-season fall league with her high school basketball team and she played two games this past weekend. Her second game was one of those made for movies games. You know, the games that are physically and emotionally draining because the other team is playing aggressive and low key dirty but you’re not getting any calls so you have to fight for your teammates and for points. We went toe to toe for every minute of the game and were down with under a minute left in regulation when my niece shoots and makes two clutch free throws that take us into overtime. In overtime, we’re still trading baskets and with 1.6 seconds left in OT, we’re down by 2 and the youngest girl on our team brings the ball up the court and shoots a beautiful three-pointer with time winding down and MAKES IT! We won!! We were celebrating like we won the Super Bowl and not just some measly fall league game. It was great! To that jerk that kept screaming, “And one” after every defensive stop we got, suck on that!

We also got Bren’s senior portrait proofs back and I would share them on the blog but there are big ol’ COPYRIGHT PROTECTED marks all over them and I’m not trying to have Lifetouch sue my ass for sharing so you’ll just have to take my word for it, they came out great! 🙂

Something else that happened this week that kind of freaked me out was my nephew was walking home from work earlier this week and some guy ran up on him and stabbed him three times! He’s doing okay, had surgery and is on the mend so thank goodness for that.

Currently Reading

Ruled (Outlaws #3) by Elle Kennedy.

The latest novel in the series with the “sexiest, baddest, hottest”* outlaws around, from the New York Times bestselling author of Claimed.

In the latest novel in the series with the “sexiest, baddest, hottest”* outlaws around, one woman must choose between the two men who want to claim her…

…Or does she?

Despite his magnetic personality, Rylan can’t seem to seduce Reese, the deadly leader of their town of outlaws. Winning her over is a welcome challenge, but her indifference isn’t the only thing standing in his way. If he wants Reese, Rylan must also win over Sloan, her stoic protector…

Sloan has always loved Reese, but their painful past has stolen his chances of a future with her. Rylan’s interest in Reese only intensifies the tension—until Sloan begins to wonder if the reckless man might be the one person who can bridge the distance…

The last time Reese fell for the wrong man, she had no choice but to kill him. Now, she desperately wants to take what both Rylan and Sloan are offering. But if she makes the wrong call again, she risks losing them both.

I read the first chapter of this book last week and then I realized that I only had one week to read and get my discussion prepared for my book club meeting today so I put it down to get down to business on that and then Twisted Palace by Erin Watt came out so I had to jump on getting that read and then I got Someone Like You by Lauren Layne for review and there was no way in hell I was going to put anyone else before Lincoln Mathis so that happened. I read that entire book yesterday and so sometime today, I’m going to finally be reading this book.


Keepsake (True North #3) by Sarina Bowen | 4.5 out of 5
Shadow Rider (Shadows #1) by Christine Feehan | 2.5 out of 5
Twisted Palace (Royals #3) by Erin Watt | 2.5 out of 5
Someone Like You (Oxford #3) by Lauren Layne | 4.75 out of 5

Book Boyfriend of the Week

Lincoln Mathis from Someone Like You (Oxford #3) by Lauren Layne.

You’ll have to take my word for it. This guy is probably my favorite hero that I’ve read this entire year. Lauren Layne just keeps right on impressing the socks right off of me with each book she comes out with. I knew that I was going to adore Lincoln but I wasn’t prepared for how much I was going to enjoy getting to know him.

I’m still not over his story and I don’t think I will be any time soon. He was just….everything. I freaking love him to pieces. Boy do you guys have so much to look forward to. Fans of this series, this author and just romance in general will love this book. I promise!

This was me the entire time I was reading this book:

Gah, so freaking good.


The Boy is Back (Boys #4) by Meg Cabot | 4 out of 5
To Love and To Cherish (Wedding Belles #3) by Lauren Layne | 4.5 out of 5
Addicted (Outlaws #2) by Elle Kennedy | 3.5 out of 5
Results May Vary by Bethany Chase | 4 out of 5

Posts You May Have Missed

10/17: Week in Books (38)
10/18: Movie Review: Undrafted
10/19: Top 5 Wednesday: Favorite Non-Canon Ships
10/20: Mini Review Round Up (2)
10/21: Eye Candy Friday: Carter from Sincerely, Carter by Whitney Gracia Williams

New to My Bookshelves

Royally Screwed (Royally #1) by Emma Chase

New to My Review Shelf

Keepsake (True North #3) by Sarina Bowen
Solo by Jill Mansell
Someone Like You (Oxford #3) by Lauren Layne

There you have it, my week in books. How did your week go?

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Eye Candy Friday: Carter from Sincerely, Carter by Whitney Gracia-Williams

Posted October 21, 2016 by Rowena in Features | 6 Comments


It’s been quite a while since I’ve read Sincerely, Carter by Whitney Gracia Williams but when I was prepping for this post, I picked up the book to browse it only to close the book at 2 in the morning, having read the entire book all over again. I did the same thing with Crosbie Lucas’ post.

Carter is Arizona’s best friend. He’s loyal. He’s caring. He’s everything.

Here’s his book info:


Just friends.
We’re just friends.
No, really. She’s just my best friend…

Arizona Turner has been my best friend since fourth grade, even when we “hated” each other. We’ve been there for one another through first kisses, first “times,” and we’ve been each other’s constant when good relationships turned bad. (We even went to colleges that were minutes away from each other…)

Throughout the years, and despite what anyone says, we’ve never crossed the line.

Never thought about it.
Never wanted to.

Until one night changed everything.
At least, it should’ve …

Just friends.
We’re just friends.
I’m only saying this until I figure out if she’s still “just” my best friend…

It didn’t take much time for Carter to win me over. He was just so insanely cool and confident that I ate up every scene he was in. There wasn’t a thing that Arizona couldn’t talk to him about or ask him for that he wouldn’t do for her. He had her back and knew implicitly that she had his. They’d never crossed the line with each other, have kept their friendship completely platonic but you know that it was only a matter of time.

I loved the gradual pull between Carter and Ari but what I loved most about it was how Carter never wavered either way. When they were just friends, he was firmly in the friend zone. When they became more than friends, he moved himself firmly into the more than friends zone. There wasn’t any of that messy flip flopping for him. He said things like this that completely melted me.

“You belong to me, Ari, and you always will…You’re more than ‘just’ my best friend, and I never want to be ‘just friends’ again.”

In any situation, Carter just owned it. He was unfazed by most everything. He was just inately cool. The morning after they finally do the deed. Arizona is set in the “let’s not talk about it or tell anyone what happened” phase. They’re discussing where to meet and Carter suggests his place.

“What’s wrong with my place?”

“I would answer that, but it never happened…”

Haha, I loved this scene. There are plenty more scenes like that so really, give this book a go. Will ya?

Here’s who I picture as Carter:



This guy is all that and then some. You should read his book and fall in love with him just like I did.

Buy the Book

Sincerely, Carter by Whitney Gracia Williams
Sincerely, Carter #1
Released on April 30, 2015
Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo

Series Order

Sincerely, Carter | Sincerely, Arizona

Until next week…enjoy!

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Mini Review Round Up (2)

Posted October 20, 2016 by Rowena in Reviews | 14 Comments

Results May Vary by Bethany Chase
Release Date: August 9, 2016
Publisher: Random House, Ballantine
Genres: Contemporary, Women’s Fiction
Pages: 336
Format: eBook
Source: Bought
Buy the Book: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo

Can you ever really know the person you love?

She never saw it coming. Without even a shiver of suspicion to warn her, Caroline Hammond discovers that her husband is having an affair with a man—a revelation that forces her to question their entire history together, from their early days as high school sweethearts through their ten years as a happily married couple. In her now upside-down world, Caroline begins envisioning her life without the relationship that has defined it: the loneliness of being an “I” instead of a “we”; the rekindled yet tenuous closeness with her younger sister; and the unexpected—and potentially disastrous—attraction she can’t get off her mind. Caroline always thought she knew her own love story, but as her husband’s other secrets emerge, she must decide whether that story’s ending will mean forgiving the man she’s loved for half her life, or facing her future without him.

Compassionate and uplifting, Results May Vary is a bittersweet celebration of the fact that in love and in life, we rarely get exactly what we bargained for.

Everyone and their Mom has read and loved this book so I was only too glad to buy the book so that I can read it and love it too. I was hopeful that I would enjoy the book as so many other book bloggers have and my hope paid off because I couldn’t put this book down.

Adam and Caroline have been married for ten years and have been together since high school. They were so very much in love until Caroline stumbles upon a secret that Adam has been hiding from her. He’s having an affair with another man. This shocks Caroline to her core because she never had an inkling that her husband was bi-sexual or well, gay. The betrayal guts her in a way nothing has before and she spends a lot of time going over their past and trying to find the signs that she missed. She also spends a lot of time being mad at Adam and even tries to move on but you can’t really move on from something as huge as marriage without facing some universal truths about yourself and your spouse.

This book had me captivated from the very first page and I finished it in no time because I couldn’t put it down. I was right there in the trenches with Caroline as she tried to figure out if she could forgive Adam, if she should take him back and where to go from here. Chase handles the many mixed emotions that Caroline had extremely well.

I’m used to reading romances where the focus is on the main characters falling in love with each other but with this book, the focus was on the growth that the main character goes through over the course of the book and I really liked that. I liked being right there with Caroline as she experiences everything after her life falls apart. It made the ending that much more satisfying and while there were times in the middle where the book kind of slows a bit (I thought the bits where she was meeting with the old schoolmate from high school was a bit slow), I still liked this book a great deal. Caroline was refreshingly honest with others and herself and that made me like her. She’s not perfect and that was another thing I liked about her. She was real. She made mistakes and her life was messy but she was getting through it.

This was a very satisfying read and I will definitely be reading more from this author.

My Rating

4 out of 5


Addicted by Elle Kennedy
Series: Outlaws #2
Release Date: June 28, 2016
Publisher: Penguin, Berkley/NAL, Jove
Genre: Dystopian, Romance
Pages: 368
Format: eBook
Source: Bought
Buy the Book: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo

From the New York Times bestselling author of Claimed comes the second enticingly erotic novel set in a world on the brink of chaos.

Lennox used to live in a paradise on earth with his best friend Jamie, in a place where visitors came and went, allowing their desires to run free. But everything changes when a deadly attack forces them to take up with Connor Mackenzie’s band of Outlaws. Lennox knows Jamie is hung up on someone else, but he’s always believed he’s the man for her—and won’t let her go without a fight.

Even though Jamie is well aware that Lennox is one hot specimen of a man, she refuses to let sex ruin the most important relationship in her life. But when the object of her interest spurns her, she indulges in a little pleasure-filled revenge with her very magnetic, very willing best friend. One thrilling night with Lennox is enough to awaken Jamie’s unexpected desires for him. And now that she’s had a taste, she’s not sure she can ever give him up…

I should mention right off the bat that I don’t read a lot of erotica stuff and I don’t read very many dystopian romances either. I started this series strictly because Elle Kennedy wrote it. I didn’t know what to expect from the first book and I really enjoyed it so I was happy to continue the series.

To recap the series so far, the characters we meet in this series are all living the Outlaw life. They live in a world that is controlled by the government and if you don’t want to live by the rules of the government than you live outside the city limits and are outlaws. The outlaw life is pretty dangerous because there aren’t any rules. You’re scrapping by, surviving any way that you can and if you are fortunate enough to have the protection of someone like Connor Mackenzie (hero of the first book, Claimed) than you can sleep a little better at night because Connor handles any trouble that lands on their doorstep.

Lennox and Jamie have been best friends since they were kids. They lost everyone and everything close to them so it’s just them against the world. They have each other’s backs and their relationship is completely platonic. They’ve never hooked up because they don’t want to ruin their relationship. They’re all they have left and they didn’t want to ruin things with sex. They both sleep around but they’ve never settled down but one night, things go a lot further than they’ve ever gone and these two realize that they can’t go back.

It’s been a couple of days since I finished this book and I still can’t figure out what I thought about it. I liked it. I liked seeing everyone again and I liked meeting the new people and the romance between Lennox and Jamie was pretty steamy but I didn’t love it. For a lot of the book, nothing really happens except Lennox and Jamie yelling at each other and then having makeup sex. We also get Rylan getting rejected at every turn from the one woman he can’t have (set up to the next book in this series) and I spent a huge chunk of the book waiting for the book to really take off.

This book was slower in pace than the first book and I can’t really say that I really got to know Lennox and Jamie the same way that I felt I got to know Connor and Hudson. There’s a lot going on so maybe that’s why but I never fully connected with Lennox or Jamie. You’d think that because there was so much going on that the pacing would be a lot faster but it still felt like it took forever for stuff to happen. I’m hopeful that the next book will be better so I’m still excited for that one.

Overall, with the slow pacing and everything going on that took away from the romance between Jamie and Lennox, there’s still stuff to like about this read. There’s Rylan. There’s Hudson and Connor. The others at Connor’s camp. The steamy sex between…everyone. The new additions of the townfolks at Foxworth. The big mystery surrounding what Reese has planned. I think fans of Elle Kennedy’s work will enjoy this one.

My Rating

3.5 out of 5

Series Order

Claimed | Addicted | Ruled

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