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The Weekly Recap (124)

Posted March 11, 2019 by Rowena in Books, Features | 2 Comments

We had a pretty bad scare over the weekend with Caiden and my heart still hasn’t returned to normal but we’re monitoring his fever, keeping it down and everything seems to be better with our little guy so that makes me happy. I read some books over the week but I didn’t get around to finishing all of my books from last week because I was distracted with family stuff but I’m hopeful that I’ll pick right back up this week and get all of the books read. Fingers crossed.

Now, onto the books…

What I’m Currently Reading
The Weekly Recap (124)Magic Bites by Ilona Andrews
Series: Kate Daniels #1
Published by Penguin, Berkley on March 27, 2007
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Point of View: First Person
Pages: 260
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
Add It: Goodreads
Reading Challenges: 2019 GoodReads Challenge, 2019 TBR Challenge

Atlanta would be a nice place to live, if it weren’t for the magic…

When the magic is up, rogue mages cast their spells and monsters appear, while guns refuse to fire and cars fail to start. But then technology returns, and the magic recedes as unpredictably as it arose, leaving all kinds of paranormal problems in its wake.

Kate Daniels is a down-on-her-luck mercenary who makes her living cleaning up these magical problems. But when Kate’s guardian is murdered, her quest for justice draws her into a power struggle between two strong factions within Atlanta’s magic circles.

The Masters of the Dead, necromancers who can control vampires, and the Pack, a paramilitary clan of shapechangers, blame each other for a series of bizarre killings—and the death of Kate’s guardian may be part of the same mystery. Pressured by both sides to find the killer, Kate realizes she’s way out of her league—but she wouldn’t have it any other way…

I’m buddy reading this with Casee and Holly on Book Binge and I’m really enjoying it. Kate Daniels is a fantastic character and I can’t wait to finish this one so that I can jump right into the next one.

What I Read

Overnight Sensation (Brooklyn Bruisers #5) by Sarina Bowen (eBook) | 4.5 out of 5
Team Player by Julianna Keyes (eARC) | 4 out of 5
Repeat by Kylie Scott (Audiobook) | 4 out of 5

What I Reviewed

Bad Bachelor (Bad Bachelors #1) by Stefanie London | 3.5 out of 5

What I Posted

The Weekly Recap (123)
My TBR Pile: March 2019

What I Got

A Week to be Wicked (Spindle Cove #2) by Tessa Dare (eBook)
Naked in Death (In Death #1) by J.D. Robb (eBook)
Repeat by Kylie Scott (Audiobook)

What I Got for Review

If It Makes You Happy by Claire Kann
Call It What You Want by Brigid Kemmerer

What Made Me Laugh

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

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The Wednesday Post (8)

Posted February 20, 2019 by Rowena in Books, Features | 4 Comments

Can’t Wait Wednesday is hosted by Tessa over at Wishful Endings and it was based on Waiting on Wednesday that was hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine. WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme that is hosted by Sam at Taking on a World of Words.

I decided that I’m going to do a mashup of the Can’t Wait Wednesday and WWW Wednesday posts here on my blog. I’m bringing them together and calling it The Wednesday Post. Here’s what I’m up to this week.

WWW Wednesday

What did you recently finish reading?

Only a Breath Apart by Katie McGarry

This book hit me right in my feels with every page I read. My emotions were involved right from the jump and though the book was a bit slow in the beginning, I was still invested in the characters. Jesse and Scarlett didn’t have an easy time of it and when they come out on the other side, I was thrilled for them both. McGarry did a great job telling their stories.

What are you currently reading?

Bad Bachelor (Bad Bachelors #1) by Stefanie London

I’m finally jumping into this series and though I didn’t get any reading in yesterday, I’m hoping to get that switched around today. Wish me luck.

What do you think you’ll read next?

Bad Reputation (Bad Bachelors #2) by Stefanie London

I’ll be reading this entire series so that I can get my review ready before release day next week. Wish me luck!

Can’t Wait Wednesday
The Wednesday Post (8)Then Came You by Kate Meader
Series: Laws of Attraction #3
Published by Random House, Loveswept on May 7, 2019
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Format: eBook
Source: Publisher
Add It: Goodreads

In the courtroom, they’re rivals. In the bedroom, they’re . . . divorced. But could the road trip from hell lead to a second chance at love?

Aubrey Gates is the hottest divorce lawyer in Chicago, a barb-tongued stiletto with legs that go on for miles. When her cool gray eyes meet mine across the battlefield, I want her like I’ve never wanted anyone or anything. Then I remember who she is: the woman who brought me to my knees. The woman who destroyed my faith in relationships.

The woman I used to call . . . wife.

And she needs a favor from me, Grant Lincoln.

It seems my ex forgot to mention the demise of our marriage to her dear old grammie, and now we’re both expected to attend her ninetieth birthday party. In Boston. And because it isn’t already awkward enough, Aubrey and I are driving there together from Chicago. That’s more than a thousand miles of tension, heartbreak, and barely concealed lust.

A little piece of paper might say we’re over, but this road trip is the true test. I intend to get my wife back . . . and I won’t stop until “I do.”

Grant and Aubrey. I’m looking forward to reading their story in full. I want to know what really happened between these two and I am itching to see them find their way back together again. I can’t wait.

So, what are you reading this week? Anything good? Anything that you want to rant about?
Are you looking forward to Then Came You? What other books are you looking forward to releasing this year?

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The Weekly Recap (122)

Posted February 18, 2019 by Rowena in Books, Features | 2 Comments

I didn’t do much this week outside of my usual but this weekend was jam packed full of activities. Chloe, Markus and Caiden came into town for the weekend to attend Meghan’s Senior Game on Saturday. Meghan’s basketball season is winding down and after she plays in her last basketball game of the season, she’s done with basketball for good. That makes me sad because I’ve been watching Meghan play basketball since she was in elementary school. She’s graduating from college in May and I’m not ready for all of that.

Here’s a picture of Meghan’s support system throughout her basketball years. All of us crazy Wilson’s and the Peneueta’s from her Dad’s side. It was good to see everyone come out to support Meghan at her last home game and to show us how thankful Meghan is for us showing up, she put on a show for us. She ended the game with 26 points and a whole lot of other stats that I can’t remember right now but I was happy that she found the basket because she went 0 for like 5 from the three point line to start the game, haha.

In more happy news, Chloe and Markus left Caiden with us for the week and will be coming back next weekend to pick him up but oh happy day for us. He does so well when he’s here with us, no crying for his Mom, no being a brat, just a happy baby with lots of kids to play with…and then his Mom gets back, haha.

Now, onto the books…

What I’m Currently Reading
The Weekly Recap (122)Bad Bachelor by Stefanie London
Series: Bad Bachelors #1
Published by Sourcebooks, Sourcebooks Casablanca on March 6, 2018
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Point of View: Alternating Third Person
Pages: 384
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
Add It: Goodreads
Reading Challenges: 2019 GoodReads Challenge, 2019 New to Me Challenge

Everybody’s talking about the hot new app reviewing New York’s most eligible bachelors. But why focus on prince charming when you can read the latest dirt on the lowest-ranked “Bad Bachelors”—NYC’s most notorious bad boys.

If one more person mentions Bad Bachelors to Reed McMahon, someone’s gonna get hurt. A PR whiz, Reed is known as an ‘image fixer’ but his womanizing ways have caught up with him. What he needs is a PR miracle of his own.

When Reed strolls into Darcy Greer’s workplace offering to help save the struggling library, she isn’t buying it. The prickly Brooklynite knows Reed is exactly the kind of guy she should avoid. But the library does need his help. As she reluctantly works with Reed, she realizes there’s more to a man than his reputation. Maybe, just maybe, Bad Bachelor #1 is THE one for her.

I think it was Nick that brought this book to my attention last year. I bought it last year when it came out and haven’t touched it so I got the third book for review so that I could actually get these books read and so far, it’s okay. I’m hopeful that the story will pick up soon as it’s still early days for me so fingers crossed.

What I Read

Huge Deal (21 Wall Street #3) by Lauren Layne | 5 out of 5
River Marked (Mercy Thompson #6) by Patricia Briggs | 4.25 out of 5
The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie (Mackenzies & McBrides #1) by Jennifer Ashley | 4.5 out of 5
Only a Breath Apart by Katie McGarry | 4.25 out of 5

Eye Candy Friday

Kennedy Dawson
Huge Deal (21 Wall Street #3) by Lauren Layne

What I Reviewed

Fame, Fate, and the First Kiss by Kasie West | 3 out of 5
Thirty Day Boyfriend by Whitney G. | 3 out of 5
From Lukov, with Love by Mariana Zapata | 4.5 out of 5
The Assist (Smart Jocks #1) by Rebecca Jenshak | 3 out of 5
The Risk (Briar U #2) by Elle Kennedy | 4.5 out of 5

What I Posted

The Weekly Recap (121)
The Wednesday Post (7)
Eye Candy Friday: Kennedy Dawson from Huge Deal by Lauren Layne

What I Got

Huge Deal (21 Wall Street #3) by Lauren Layne
Mixtape Anthology

What I Got for Review

The Austen Playbook (London Celebrities #3) by Lucy Parker

What Made Me Laugh

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

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