Week in Books (31)

Posted August 22, 2016 by Rowena in Features | 10 Comments

Week in Books v2

Brenna came home for the weekend to play in a co-ed basketball tournament (for fun) that we committed to and then forgot about. Here’s our team picture from that. We didn’t do too bad. We went 2-1 (we were short a guy in the first game so we lost that one) and our MVP of the tournament would have gone to Mister Take 100 shots in a game, Jonathan Hong (bottom left).

Team PolyNAsians

It was really good to have Brenna home for the weekend. I miss her heaps when she’s away but we need breaks from each other. It’s always just the two of us and we can definitely get sick of each other so we need the break. This tournament was a good one for the girls because they were finally able to play with each other instead of against each other. Heads up family, North (Bren & Cher) will play against Redondo (Kenna) on January 3rd so mark your calendars and save the date!


One more piece of news before I move onto the books is…SETH GOT HIS MISSION CALL! He’ll be serving in the Mexico City mission and he reports for his mission on 11/15 which is exactly 8 days before his brother RJ comes home. Four years will have passed before they’re able to see each other again. Seth hurt my heart when he teared up reading his report date but I know that he’ll do amazing things for Mexico City. They’re lucky to get him for two years. Love that kid!

Currently Reading

The Trouble with Mistletoe (Heartbreaker Bay #2 ) by Jill Shalvis.

If she has her way . . .

Willa Davis is wrangling puppies when Keane Winters stalks into her pet shop with frustration in his chocolate-brown eyes and a pink bedazzled cat carrier in his hand. He needs a kitty sitter, stat. But the last thing Willa needs is to rescue a guy who doesn’t even remember her . . .

He’ll get nothing but coal in his stocking.

Saddled with his great-aunt’s Feline from Hell, Keane is desperate to leave her in someone else’s capable hands. But in spite of the fact that he’s sure he’s never seen the drop-dead-gorgeous pet shop owner before, she seems to be mad at him . . .

Unless he tempers “naughty” with a special kind of nice . . .

Willa can’t deny that Keane’s changed since high school: he’s less arrogant, for one thing—but can she trust him not to break her heart again? It’s time to throw a coin in the fountain, make a Christmas wish—and let the mistletoe do its work . . .

I didn’t get any reading done this weekend except to finish my re-read of The Year We Fell Down by Sarina Bowen for my book club meeting today so my plan is to start this book after book club tonight. Wish me luck on that.


Rookie Move (Brooklyn Bruisers #1) by Sarina Bowen | 4 out of 5
Who’s That Girl? by Mhairi McFarlane | 2.75 out of 5
The Year We Fell Down (Ivy Years #1) by Sarina Bowen (re-read) | 4.25 out of 5

Book Boyfriend

Leo Trevi from Rookie Move (Brooklyn Bruisers #1) by Sarina Bowen.

She tasted like his.

This guy was everything in this book. I had some frustration with Georgia and with her father but never with Leo. Leo was everything that I love in a romance novel hero and he was my absolute favorite thing about this book. The way that he loved Georgia (and how absolute he was in his feelings) made me melt at every turn and seeing what he went through, what he continued to struggle with when he finally got to the NHL made me love him all the more. He was such a freaking great hero and I loved the hell out of him.


Ruthless by Lexi Blake
Torch by Karen Erickson


I’ve been so focused on other things, including my review pile that I haven’t looked at what’s out that I need to buy. That will probably change next week…maybe.

For Review

Just One Week by Alice Gaines
Four Letter Words (Dirty Deeds #1) by J. Daniels

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

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Eye Candy Friday (4)

Posted August 19, 2016 by Rowena in Features | 4 Comments


This week’s Eye Candy Friday goes to a guy that had me wrapped around his fingers from the moment he stepped onto the pages of his book. Drew Baylor aka Battle Baylor from The Hook Up by Kristen Callihan.

The Hook Up kicks off the Game On series by Kristen Callihan and introduces Drew “Hottie of My Heart” Baylor. Drew is the star quarterback at his college and he’s led his team to two national titles and is the big man on campus. He’s the guy everyone wants a piece of…except Anna Jones.

She’s confused as to why the big celebrity on campus would want to be with her. She’s not a football groupie. She’s not into sports….but he is and seeing him work his butt off to win her over melted me a little with each passing page.

I adored him from the moment he thought this:

“I’m not going to say it was love at first sight. No, it was more like oh, hell-yes-please, I’ll have that. With a helping of right-the-fuck-now on the side.”

Drew was real. He was hot and he was a big time softy that I loved the hell out of and this is the guy that I pictured when reading Drew’s book.

Drew Baylor

Drew Baylor II

I loved Drew because he said things that just melted me into a puddle of love. Stuff like this:

“You have my heart, Anna. And every time I had to walk away from you, every time you walked away from me, it felt like it was being ripped out of my chest. It fucking hurt, Anna.”


So it was no brainer. Of course Drew was going to be this week’s Eye Candy Friday. If you haven’t read his book, you should fix that because it’s a good one. I promise.

Buy the Book

The Hook Up by Kristen Callihan
September 7, 2014
Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo

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Blanche’s 50th Birthday

Posted August 18, 2016 by Rowena in Family | 4 Comments

Yesterday was my sister Blanche’s 50th birthday and her kids planned a pretty special surprise family dinner for her…at the same restaurant we had my Mom’s 50th birthday dinner. 🙁 Mom’s been gone for 5 years now so it was nice that she was still a part of Blanche’s 50th birthday celebration, even if it was in spirit.

Blanche 50th

Now that the surprise party is over and done with, I can finally share this story. Ha!

For as long as I can remember, my younger brother Pete has never missed an opportunity to tease Blanche about how old she is. She’s 16 years older than Pete. 14 years older than me. Every time Pete teases Blanche, she threatens to kick him and we all laugh. A running joke in our family is that Blanche went to Seminary with Moses. That she was classmates with Jesus.

A few weeks ago, Chloe (Blanche’s oldest daughter) sent a text out to all of Blanche’s siblings, asking for old pictures of Blanche. She was working on something for the party and needed old pictures.

Pete sends this:


LMAO! I can’t even deal with this picture. I laughed so hard and so much at this picture that every time I see it, I bowl over and laugh some more. If you didn’t catch it, Pete photoshopped Blanche into the bottom left of the picture. We were finally able to share the picture with her and she about peed her pants from laughing so much.

We ended our birthday celebrations like we always do..with our family turn up picture.

Birthday Turn Up - Blanche

Ha! Gotta love Team Wilson Gang!

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