Author: Sarina Bowen

Week in Review (76)

Posted January 23, 2018 by Rowena in Books, Features | 0 Comments

It’s been a pretty hectic past couple of weeks for me so the blog has taken a back seat (are you guys surprised)? I haven’t really been able to get into a rhythm on my blog hops, commenting and just out and out blogging. I’m trying but I’m not as successful as I hoped I would be. I’m working on it though, I promise.

As for what I’ve been up to lately, basketball. Luke’s basketball season has started so on top of both Meghan and then Brenna and Kenna’s basketball schedules, I’ve added Luke’s to that too. So my weekends are weeknights are spent at the gym watching my kids play basketball. So far, everyone is playing well. Meghan couldn’t hit the side of a barn last week but she contributes in other ways when her shot isn’t falling. Brenna has found her shot and is shooting a lot more confidently these days and I’m glad for her. Makenna is just good. Like Meghan, she contributes in different ways every game and she’s always fun to watch but my favorite so far is Luke.

Luke is in his third season of basketball right now and he’s got so much confidence going into this season. He handles the ball well and he’s shooting a lot more and he’s going up for boards too. You can tell he’s going to have the very best parts of both of his sister’s game and I just know that he’s going to be fun to watch for many, many years to come. I can’t wait! Too bad his team sucks and they’re 0-2. First week, Luke’s team didn’t score any buckets so the score was like 25-0 and then last week, the final score was 2-15. We’re getting better and better every week. Yay.

Now…on to the books.

What I’m Currently Reading

Week in Review (76)Man Hands by Sarina Bowen, Tanya Eby
Series: Man Hands Series #1
Published by Indie Published, Rennie Road Books on December 11th 2017
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 180
Format: eARC
Source: Publisher
Amazon|Barnes & Noble
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He puts the "screw" in screwball comedy...

BRYNN

At thirty-four, I’m reeling from a divorce. I don’t want to party or try to move on. I just want to stay home and post a new recipe on my blog: Brynn’s Dips and Balls.

But my friends aren’t having it. Get out there again, they say. It will be fun, they say. I’m still taking a hard pass.

Free designer cocktails, they say. And that’s a game-changer.

Too bad my ex shows up with his new arm candy. That’s when I lose my mind. But when my besties dare me to leap on the first single man I see, they don't expect me to actually go through with it.

TOM

All I need right now is some peace and quiet while my home renovation TV show is on hiatus. But when a curvy woman in a red wrap dress charges me like she’s a gymnast about to mount my high bar, all I can do is brace myself and catch her. What follows is the hottest experience of my adult life.

I want a repeat, but my flying Cinderella disappears immediately afterward. She doesn’t leave a glass slipper, either—just a pair of panties with chocolate bunnies printed on them.

But I will find her.

This book has been on my kindle for a couple of months now and I kept meaning to read it but never got around to it. I’m so glad to finally be jumping in. I’ll be starting this today on my lunch break and I’m stoked.

What I Read

Beyond Scandal & Desire (Sins for All Seasons #1) by Lorraine Heath | 4.25 out of 5
About that Kiss (Heartbreaker Bay #5) by Jill Shalvis | 4 out of 5
Breaking the Ice (Juniper Falls #2) by Julie Cross | 4.75 out of 5
West Coast Love (Journey to the Heart #3) by Tif Marcelo | 3.5 out of 5
Love Between Enemies (Grad Night #2) by Molly E. Lee | 2 out of 5
The Trouble with True Love (Dear Lady Truelove #2) by Laura Lee Guhrke | 4.25 out of 5

My favorite reads of the last couple of weeks are Beyond Scandal & Desire by Lorraine Heath, Breaking the Ice by Julie Cross and The Trouble with True Love by Laura Lee Guhrke. All of those books are such enjoyable reads with fantastic characters and stories that you won’t be able to help yourself from falling in love with. So much goodness between those three books.

My least favorite read is Love Between Enemies by Molly E. Lee. The female protagonist in that book pissed me off from beginning to end and I wanted to strangle her for what she thought was okay and all of the shit that she pulled in this book. From accepting a scholarship that she didn’t need in the first place to her revenge plan. Ugh. Just freaking ugh.

What I Reviewed

Complicated by Kristen Ashley (Joint review with Holly) | 4 out of 5
Man Candy by Jessica Lemmon | 4 out of 5
North to You (Journey to the Heart #1) by Tif Marcelo | 4 out of 5
Throwback Thursday: She Went All the Way by Meg Cabot | 4 out of 5
An English Bride in Scotland (Highlanders #1) by Lynsay Sands | 4 out of 5

What I Posted

Week in Review (75)
Throwback Thursday (25)
Book Boyfriend of the Week: Dax Vaughn from Man Candy by Jessica Lemmon
Throwback Thursday (26)
Book Boyfriend of the Week: Jackson Kane from Wrong to Need You by Alisha Rai

What I Got

Nothing this week…or last week either. Maybe next week.

What I Got for Review

On Hart’s Boardwalk (On Dublin Street #6.7) by Samantha Young
The One You Can’t Forget (The Ones that Got Away #2) by Roni Loren
The Highlander’s Promise (Highlanders #6) by Lynsay Sands

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


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Buddy Review: Good Boy by Sarina Bowen & Elle Kennedy

Posted February 21, 2017 by Rowena & Bookish Ames in Reviews | 0 Comments

Buddy Review: Good Boy by Sarina Bowen & Elle KennedyGood Boy by Sarina Bowen, Elle Kennedy
Series: WAGS #1
Published by Elle Kennedy on January 31st 2017
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Point of View: Alternating First Person
Pages: 269
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
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four-stars

Hosting her brother’s wedding for an MVP guest list is the challenge of Jess Canning’s life. Already the family screw-up, she can’t afford to fail. And nobody (nobody!) can learn of the colossal mistake she made with the best man during a weak moment last spring. It was wrong, and there will not be a repeat. Absolutely not. Even if he is the sexiest thing on two legs.

Blake Riley sees the wedding as fate’s gift to him. Jess is the maid of honor and he’s the best man? Let the games begin. So what if he’s facing a little (fine, a lot) of resistance? He just needs to convince the stubborn blonde that he’s really a good boy with a bad rap. Luckily, every professional hockey player knows that you’ve got to make an effort if you want to score.

But Jess has more pressing issues to deal with than sexy-times with a giant man-child. Such as: Will the ceremony start on time, even though someone got grandma drunk? Does glitter ever belong at a wedding? And is it wrong to murder the best man?

Caution: May cause accidental aspiration of tea or coffee. Do not read in a public place where loud laughter is inappropriate. Contains hot but hilarious hockey players, puppy cuddling and a snarky pair of underwear.

Rowena: Month 2 of 2017 brings about our second buddy review of the year. Ames and I chose to read Good Boy by Sarina Bowen & Elle Kennedy for February and we’re here to discuss it.

Good Boy kicks off a new series from Bowen & Kennedy. A spin-off from their Him series. The first book features Jamie’s sister Jessica and Wes’ teammate, Blake. They spent an explosive night together and Blake wants to continue the party but Jess has shut that shit down. Blake is a stubborn hockey player and he’s not going to give up so Jess is in for a rude awakening. He knows that she wants him just as much as he wants her and he’s going to keep poking around until she admits it. Should be fun, right?

Right.

This book was such fun for me. What did you think about it, Ames?

Ames: I really enjoyed Good Boy! With the opening scenes, Jess being paranoid over the wedding going off without a hitch and being uptight about any changes to her plans, I thought she was going to be an annoying heroine. And these days, that’s my number one peeve. However, Jess was a pleasant surprise. I really liked the push and pull between her and Blake.

And Blake? OMG he had me laughing out loud more than once. But my favorite bit of dialog involved him referring to his junk as a docking station. If I was drinking something at that moment I know I would have ruined my ereader. haha

Rowena: You know what’s funny? Is that Blake’s personality was so big right from the very beginning and I took a step back from this book because of that…so it was Blake that I was scared I wasn’t going to like but man, I was so wrong because I freaking loved him. He was just my very favorite thing about this entire book. I loved him, his struggles, his personality, his body and seriously, him. It was all him. I loved his docking station, too. Hahaha.

I know what you mean about Jess, though. There were times when I wished that she would just get over herself. Get out of her head and just go with the flow but I never hated her or thought she was dumb. I thought she was a solid heroine. The way that she stood up for Blake in the end? I was really happy with her growth throughout the story. She may not have been my favorite in the beginning but holy cow does she come through in the end. So good.

Do you know who’s book is next?

Ames: Jess does come through in the end! Her and Blake were a great match, their personalities just gelled. I liked how she had some figuring out to do yet with her life. Blake as a pro hockey player is set for the next decade at least but her, she was still figuring out who she was and how she fit in with her big family. And I liked that she wanted to do her schooling on her own. She definitely grew as a character.

I could go on and on about Blake though. He really was the greatest thing about that book. And so stand up! Like the whole deal with his ex? OMG. Just wow. And her? I wanted to smack her…and not because of the lie but because of the dog. LOL

I have two complaints. The dog on the cover and the teen girl with cancer. I’m not saying anything about the dog in the book and the dog on the cover. Just no. And the girl? I honestly wanted to see more of her. I thought there was something unfinished about that little part of the story.

I think Erickson’s book is next.

Rowena: I’m not a big pet person but even I was pissed at the ex about the dog. How dare she play the victim for EVERYTHING. I was annoyed with Blake’s sister Brenna though. Her loyalties should have always been with Blake so I didn’t like that she basically was all, “How could you be so insensitive?” Like, get over it. Jeez.

Yeah, did the teenager come out okay? Did Jess have to deliver the beanie to the little brother or was she miraculously saved by meeting Blake Riley? Some closure where that’s concerned would have been good. I knew you would pick up on the dog thing. You always do.

You’re right, Erickson is up next. I’m going to assume he’s getting back with his ex if the book is titled Stay? What do you think?

Overall, this was an entertaining book that I adored. There were minor things here and there that I didn’t care for but overall, I liked it. Like, really liked it. It was fun and I’m eager for more. I’m curious though, the series is called WAGs…why is that? I didn’t get a very big WAGS feel to this book so I don’t get it. Ha!

My grade for this one would be a 4 out of 5. You?​​

Ames: I agree with your guess about Erickson’s story. I don’t know how I feel about that though. I’m not the biggest fan of second chance stories these days. I’ll still read it since this author duo is the bomb. haha

I’m the same way about this series title! But if the authors are focusing on other team members and their stories, it’ll probably make more sense with the other books.

Like you I really enjoyed Good Boy. Great characters and a good story. I loved seeing so much of Jamie and Wes too. I’m giving this one a 4.25 out of 5.

Have you read Good Boy yet? If so, what did you think? If not, do you have plans to read it?

four-stars


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