Genre: Contemporary

The Weekly Recap (131)

Posted June 10, 2019 by Rowena in Books | 6 Comments

This week was for celebrating my best friend’s grandmother’s 86th birthday. Grandma Lili (she shares the same name as my Mom) was a really good friend to my Mom and our families have always been close but Theresa’s family adopted to be Brenna’s other side since it’s always been just me and Brenna. So Bren and I went to celebrate Grandma Lili’s birthday. We had a really good time and it’s always good to see Grandma Lili light up whenever she sees us. Brenna and I talked about how we need to make more time to go and see her, just like we need to spend more time with my Dad while we can. They’re not getting any younger! Aside from that, it’s been really quiet at home which is probably a good thing since last week, we crammed so much into RJ and Caiden’s time here so we’re chillin’ this week. Now, onto the books…
What I’m Currently Reading
The Weekly Recap (131)Natalie Tan's Book of Luck and Fortune
by Roselle Lim
Published by Penguin, Berkley on June 11, 2019
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Point of View:First Person
Pages: 320
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley
Add It: Goodreads
Reading Challenges:2019 GoodReads Challenge

At the news of her mother's death, Natalie Tan returns home. The two women hadn't spoken since Natalie left in anger seven years ago, when her mother refused to support her chosen career as a chef. Natalie is shocked to discover the vibrant neighborhood of San Francisco's Chinatown that she remembers from her childhood is fading, with businesses failing and families moving out. She's even more surprised to learn she has inherited her grandmother's restaurant.

The neighborhood seer reads the restaurant's fortune in the leaves: Natalie must cook three recipes from her grandmother's cookbook to aid her struggling neighbors before the restaurant will succeed. Unfortunately, Natalie has no desire to help them try to turn things around--she resents the local shopkeepers for leaving her alone to take care of her agoraphobic mother when she was growing up. But with the support of a surprising new friend and a budding romance, Natalie starts to realize that maybe her neighbors really have been there for her all along.

After I quit The Perfect Date (the hero was awful and the heroine wasn’t a bag of sunshine either, definitely not anything I wanted to read), I immediately started this book and though I’m not done with it, I’m still enjoying it and I’m a lot more happy with this read than the others that I DNF’d this week. Wish me luck that my luck holds, will ya?
What I Read
Ayesha at Last by Uzma Jalaluddin | 4 out of 5 If It Makes You Happy by Claire Kann | DNF, 2 out of 5 The Rest of the Story by Sarah Dessen | 4 out of 5 The Perfect Date by Evelyn Lozada | DNF, 2 out of 5
The Jalaluddin and the Dessen were both great reads and I was super thrilled that they held up their promising beginnings. The same can not be said for my reads of If It Makes You Happy by Claire Kann and The Perfect Date by Evelyn Lozada. I thought I would get one kind of story with them both and they veered off into something else that I wasn’t prepared for and didn’t want to read so I quit them both. Oh well, can’t win them all.
Eye Candy Friday
West Ravenel Devil’s Daughter (The Ravenels #5) by Lisa Kleypas
What I Reviewed
Then Came You (Laws of Attraction #3) by Kate Meader | 4 out of 5 Somewhere Only We Know by Maurene Goo | 3.25 out of 5
What I Posted
The Weekly Recap (130) The Monthly Recap: April & May 2019 The Wednesday Post (13) Eye Candy Friday: West Ravenel from Devil’s Daughter by Lisa Kleypas
What I Got
Water Bound (Sea Haven/Sisters of the Heart #1) by Christine Feehan Blood Magic (Wing Slayer Hunters #1) by Jennifer Lyon The Spymasters Lady (Spymasters #1) by Joanna Bourne How to Date Your Dragon (Mystic Bayou #1) by Molly Harper The Iron Duke (Iron Seas #1) by Meljean Brook The Kingpin of Camelot (A Kinda Fairytale #3) by Cassandra Gannon Written in Red (The Others #1) by Anne Bishop
This month kicks off Book Binge’s Summer Reading Challenge so I went book shopping to load up on the books that Casee and Holly chose for me to read this summer. Lots of stuff I probably wouldn’t have read on my own but thanks to these two, I’ll finally be checking them out. Wish me luck!
What I Got for Review
Love on Lexington (Central Park Pact #2) by Lauren Layne Heiress Gone Wild (Dear Lady Truelove #4) by Laura Lee Guhrke Superfan (Brooklyn Bruisers #6) by Sarina Bowen
What Made Me Laugh
There you have it, my week in review. How was your week?

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The Wednesday Post (12)

Posted May 29, 2019 by Rowena in Books, Features | 8 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?

The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren
The Christina Lauren duo never fail when delivering witty contemporary romances that I just love to pieces. It was no different with The Unhoneymooners. What an absolute delight!

What are you currently reading?

Ayesha at Last by Uzma Jalaluddin
So far, I’m digging this one so I’m glad that I picked this one up for review. I’ll definitely be keeping my eye out for more bookish goodness from Jalaluddin. Her writing style is great!

What do you think you’ll read next?

If It Makes You Happy by Claire Kann The Rest of the Story by Sarah Dessen
I’m super stoked to jump into both of these books because I adore all things Sarah Dessen but If It Makes You Happy sounds super cute so I’m looking a lot like this while I finish up the book I’m reading now because soon…
Can’t Wait Wednesday
The Wednesday Post (12)No Judgments
by Meg Cabot
Series: Little Bridge Island #1
Published by Harper Collins, William Morrow Books on September 24, 2019
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 384
Format: eARC
Source: Edelweiss
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The storm of the century is about to hit Little Bridge Island, Florida—and it’s sending waves crashing through Sabrina “Bree” Beckham’s love life…

When a massive hurricane severs all power and cell service to Little Bridge Island—as well as its connection to the mainland—twenty-five-year-old Bree Beckham isn’t worried . . . at first. She’s already escaped one storm—her emotionally abusive ex—so a hurricane seems like it will be a piece of cake.

But animal-loving Bree does become alarmed when she realizes how many islanders have been cut off from their beloved pets. Now it’s up to her to save as many of Little Bridge’s cats and dogs as she can . . . but to do so, she’s going to need help—help she has no choice but to accept from her boss’s sexy nephew, Drew Hartwell, the Mermaid Café’s most notorious heartbreaker.

But when Bree starts falling for Drew, just as Little Bridge’s power is restored and her penitent ex shows up, she has to ask herself if her island fling was only a result of the stormy weather, or if it could last during clear skies too.

Meg Cabot has always been one of my top contemporary romances back in the day and I have a feeling that she is one of those authors that I will always want new books from so I’m stoked about getting this one. It comes out on September 24th so we have a bit of a wait but I’m sure it’ll be worth it…Meg Cabot slays the romance game so let’s add this one to our wishlists, shall we?
So, what are you reading this week? Anything good? Anything that you want to rant about? Are you looking forward to No Judgments? What other books are you looking forward to releasing this year?

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The Weekly Recap (129)

Posted May 27, 2019 by Rowena in Books, Features | 10 Comments

Hey everyone!!!
Sorry for dropping off the face of the planet without a word. A bitch was busy with family stuff and busy doing everything and anything that wasn’t blogging. I ran out of blogging mojo and honestly, I was traveling from one graduation to another, making candy leis, running errands for different family parties and I still have one more high school graduation before my family is completely done with graduations for this year. I just could not get my shit together to get blog posts written and even books read. Before last week, I had read one book in the entire month of May. I think it’s safe to say that I’ve kicked my reading slump to the curb cause your girl read hella books this week. I’m patting myself on the back for that. Yay me! So what do you guys think about the brighter colors on the blog? I have to give some major props to my homie gee locc, Nick from The Infinite Limits of Love for hooking me up with my brand new blog header. I had a feeling that a small change in the blog look would do wonders in getting my desire to blog again up and I was right. It helped that I got a gorgeous new header so thank you, thank you, thank you to Nick for working her magic. I love her stuff and I’m grateful she hooked me up! Before I get into my books stuff… Thanks to all of the veterans that have served to protect all of us here at home. I appreciate your efforts and sacrifices. 🙂 Now, onto the books…
What I’m Currently Reading
The Weekly Recap (129)Ayesha at Last
by Uzma Jalaluddin
Published by Penguin, Berkley on June 4, 2019
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 368
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley
Add It: Goodreads
Reading Challenges:2019 GoodReads Challenge, 2019 New to Me Challenge

A modern-day Muslim Pride and Prejudice for a new generation of love.

Ayesha Shamsi has a lot going on. Her dreams of being a poet have been set aside for a teaching job so she can pay off her debts to her wealthy uncle. She lives with her boisterous Muslim family and is always being reminded that her flighty younger cousin, Hafsa, is close to rejecting her one hundredth marriage proposal. Though Ayesha is lonely, she doesn't want an arranged marriage. Then she meets Khalid who is just as smart and handsome as he is conservative and judgmental. She is irritatingly attracted to someone who looks down on her choices and dresses like he belongs in the seventh century.

Ayesha is torn between how she feels about the straightforward Khalid and the unsettling new gossip she hears about his family. Looking into the rumors, she finds she has to deal with not only what she discovers about Khalid, but also the truth she realizes about herself.

I’m still grinding out these reads so that I can get my review pile down. So next up on my review pile is this book and I’m starting it on my lunch hour today. I’m looking forward to the experience.
What I Read
The Austen Playbook (London Celebrities #4) by Lucy Parker (eARC) | 4 out of 5 Passion on Park Avenue (Central Park Pact #1) by Lauren Layne (eARC) | 4 out of 5 Hot to the Touch (Brotherhood by Fire #1) by Jaci Burton (eARC) | 3 out of 5 American Witch (American Witch #1) by Thea Harrison (eBook) | 4 out of 5 Love, Chloe by Alessandra Torre (eBook) | 4 out of 5 Somewhere Only We Know by Maurene Goo (eARC) | 3.25 out of 5 Sapphire Flames (Hidden Legacy #4) by Ilona Andrews (eARC) | 4.5 out of 5 Night Pleasures (Dark Hunters #1) by Sherrilyn Kenyon (eBook) | 2.5 out of 5 Then Came You (Laws of Attractions #3) by Kate Meader (eARC) | 4 out of 5 The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren (eARC) | 4.25 out of 5 Bridal Boot Camp (Little Bridge Island #0.5) by Meg Cabot (eARC) | 3.75 out of 5
What I Reviewed
Passion on Park Avenue (Central Park Pact #1) by Lauren Layne | 4 out of 5 Taming the Scotsman (MacAllisters #4) by Kinley MacGregor | 4 out of 5 Frost Burned (Mercy Thompson #7) by Patricia Briggs | 4 out of 5
What I Got
American Witch (American Witch #1) by Thea Harrison Night Broken (Mercy Thompson #8) by Patricia Briggs Fire Touched (Mercy Thompson #9) by Patricia Briggs Silence Fallen (Mercy Thompson #10) by Patricia Briggs
What I Got for Review
The Wallflower Wager (Girl Meets Duke #3) by Tessa Dare Sapphire Flames (Hidden Legacy #4) by Ilona Andrews Don’t You Forget about Me by Mhairi McFarlane Twice in a Blue Moon by Christina Lauren
What Made Me Laugh
There you have it, my week in review. How was your week?

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Throwback Thursday: The Year We Fell Down by Sarina Bowen

Posted April 18, 2019 by Rowena in Books, Features, Reviews | 8 Comments

Each week, I’ll be writing a review for an oldie but goodie that I’ve read through again to see if these books are holding up for me. I’m a different person than I was when I read these books, older and wiser (at least I hope) so I’m curious to see if books that I used to love can stand the test of time. Throwback Thursday: The Year We Fell Down by Sarina BowenThe Year We Fell Down
by Sarina Bowen
Series: The Ivy Years #1
Published by Indie Published, Rennie Road Books on March 21, 2014
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
Point of View:Alternating First Person
Pages: 268
Format: eBook
Source: Kindle Unlimited
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four-stars
Reading Challenges:2019 GoodReads Challenge

The sport she loves is out of reach. The boy she loves has someone else. What now?

She expected to start Harkness College as a varsity ice hockey player. But a serious accident means that Corey Callahan will start school in a wheelchair instead.

Across the hall, in the other handicapped-accessible dorm room, lives the too-delicious-to-be real Adam Hartley, another would-be hockey star with his leg broken in two places. He's way out of Corey's league.

Also, he's taken.

Nevertheless, an unlikely alliance blooms between Corey and Hartley in the "gimp ghetto" of McHerrin Hall. Over tequila, perilously balanced dining hall trays, and video games, the two cope with disappointments that nobody else understands.

They're just friends, of course, until one night when things fall apart. Or fall together. All Corey knows is that she's falling. Hard.

But will Hartley set aside his trophy girl to love someone as broken as Corey? If he won't, she will need to find the courage to make a life for herself at Harkness—one which does not revolve around the sport she can no longer play, or the brown-eyed boy who's afraid to love her back.

When Sarina Bowen put these books on Kindle Unlimited, I had no plans to re-read them but I kept seeing this series mentioned everywhere so when I left my kindle at home one day, I downloaded these books onto my Kindle Library and read them on my computer at work. I have no regrets either because I absolutely adored my re-read of this series. Sarina Bowen tackles such heavy themes in each of these books and just like the last time I read these books, I loved them. It had been such a long time since I read this book and with each reading, my love for both Adam Hartley and Corey Callahan grows and grows. Sarina Bowen does such a good job of writing young love and she handles the immaturity and growth between her New Adult characters so well. I hang on every word, every single time and it was no different this go around. Corey Callahan starts her freshman year in college in a wheelchair. A really bad accident cut her playing days short and she’s got to work really hard to get back on her feet again. All of her plans for college are out and she’s trying to make the most of it but it’s hard and when she meets Adam Hartley, who is injured himself and living in the dorm across the hall, things get a lot harder for her because of course she develops a crush on him and of course he’s already got a girlfriend. Adam Hartley is on the injured list and can’t play hockey until he’s all healed up. He’s on crutches and getting around is hard so he’s parked in the “gimp ghetto” of McHerrin Hall and he strikes up a friendship with his wheelchair-bound neighbor, Callahan. There’s a lot of things he can’t do these days so spending time with Corey keeps his spirits high. The more time that they spend together, the closer they get and before Hartley knows what’s what, he’s got a decision to make. Stay with his girlfriend or lose out on Callahan. There’s a lot going on in this book. Both Corey and Hartley are working through their own personal issues so this book was heavy on character development, which I’m always down for. On top of them trying to figure out how to maneuver around campus and just get around town, they’re also falling for each other. Callahan falls first and she’s rocking that unrequited crush pretty hard for a long time. So long, in fact, that I wanted to strangle Hartley for taking so long to make up his damn mind. I still thought that he took entirely too long to break up with his girlfriend but in the end, I still loved the hell out of him. I loved the hell out of both of these characters and was super thrilled that they finally got their happy ending in the end. Sarina Bowen writes college romances so well and I think I’ll be reading these books over and over again because I love them that much. They’re not perfect but they’re still pretty freaking awesome. If you haven’t read this series, I highly recommend them.
Final Grade
4.25 out of 5
The Ivy Years Series
four-stars

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The Wednesday Post (11)

Posted April 17, 2019 by Rowena in Books, Features | 6 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?
Magic Burns (Kate Daniels #2) by Ilona Andrews | 4.25 out of 5
I’m in a reading slump like no other. I’m hoping that this week is the week that I finally kick it to the curb for good but it’s Wednesday and I’ve only read one book. I enjoyed Magic Burns a lot more than I did the previous book but my reading slump is responsible for why it took me so long to read it. It was a fantastic book with magic, kick-ass heroines, charming side characters and a romance that just won’t quit. I’m so here for all of the Kate Daniels magic that I’ve been hearing so much about. I can see it and I can’t wait for more.
What are you currently reading?
Hook Shot (Hoops #3) by Kennedy Ryan
I started this book this morning and already, I’m hooked. Kenney Ryan writes fabulous contemporary romances that really pull at your heart strings. I can’t wait to dig more into Lotus and Kenan’s romance. I adored them in the other books and look forward to seeing them shine on their own.
What do you think you’ll read next?
The Bride Test (The Kiss Quotient #2) by Helen Hoang
I can’t wait any longer to get this book read. I need more Asian romances in my life. Kwan, here I come!

Can’t Wait Wednesday

The Wednesday Post (11)If It Makes You Happy
by Claire Kann
Published by Macmillan, Swoon Reads on June 4, 2019
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
Point of View:First Person
Pages: 288
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley
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High school finally behind her, Winnie is all set to attend college in the fall. But first she's spending her summer days working at her granny’s diner and begins spending her midnights with Dallas—the boy she loves to hate and hates that she likes. Winnie lives in Misty Haven, a small town where secrets are impossible to keep—like when Winnie allegedly snaps on Dr. Skinner, which results in everyone feeling compelled to give her weight loss advice for her own good. Because they care that’s she’s “too fat.”

Winnie dreams of someday inheriting the diner—but it'll go away if they can't make money, and fast. Winnie has a solution—win a televised cooking competition and make bank. But Granny doesn't want her to enter—so Winnie has to find a way around her formidable grandmother. Can she come out on top?

My friend Holly put this book on my radar. First of all, that cover is gorgeous. I love the colors and the cover model is too freaking adorable. Her outfit is super cute and that blurb had me requesting this for review with a quickness. I need to read more diverse stories and this fits the bill well so I’m all about it. This book comes out on June 4th so mark calendars, lovely readers, this one promises to be good one. I just know it!
So, what are you reading this week? Anything good? Anything that you want to rant about? Are you looking forward to If It Makes You Happy by Claire Kann? What other books are you looking forward to releasing this year?

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