Genre: Historical

The Weekly Recap (125)

Posted March 18, 2019 by Rowena in Books, Features | 10 Comments

I’m in Utah, y’all!!

I’m spending this week taking care of this little one so that his parents can work and still be with him on his birthday this coming Thursday. Can you believe little Caiden will be turning 2 this week? I can’t. I remember when he was born and then when he was a baby. Compared to how skinny he is now, he was such a chunky baby. Still super adorable but chunky too.

It’s been a pretty eventful week for me at work. I’ve spent a lot of time trying to wrap weekly stuff up so that my backup and boss don’t have to deal with any of that stuff this week while I’m out.

Meghan is completely done with basketball now. Meghan lost her game at Nationals last week so they were knocked out and in her conference, only one team remains this week. Good luck to Masters University!

Bren and Ken had their Sophomore Showcase this past Friday that Delene drove them to and they said they had fun, and the rest is up to the coaches that were there to see them. I wonder why the showcase was so early since a bunch of NAIA teams were at Nationals and didn’t have anyone out at the showcase to see these girls. That was kind of dumb but whatever. Bren and Ken are the most excited about getting their nails done finally. They haven’t been able to get their nails done since they kept breaking during basketball but nothing is holding them back now. Haha.

Now, onto the books…

What I’m Currently Reading
The Weekly Recap (125)When We Left Cuba by Chanel Cleeton
Published by Penguin, Berkley on April 9, 2019
Genres: Historical, Romance
Point of View: Alternating Third Person
Pages: 368
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley
Add It: Goodreads
Reading Challenges: 2019 GoodReads Challenge

In 1960s Florida, a young Cuban exile will risk her life--and heart--to take back her country in this exhilarating historical novel from the author of Next Year in Havana, a Reese Witherspoon Book Club pick.

Beautiful. Daring. Deadly.

The Cuban Revolution took everything from sugar heiress Beatriz Perez--her family, her people, her country. Recruited by the CIA to infiltrate Fidel Castro's inner circle and pulled into the dangerous world of espionage, Beatriz is consumed by her quest for revenge and her desire to reclaim the life she lost.

As the Cold War swells like a hurricane over the shores of the Florida Strait, Beatriz is caught between the clash of Cuban American politics and the perils of a forbidden affair with a powerful man driven by ambitions of his own. When the ever-changing tides of history threaten everything she has fought for, she must make a choice between her past and future--but the wrong move could cost Beatriz everything--not just the island she loves, but also the man who has stolen her heart...

I finished Next Year in Havanah by Chanel Cleeton last night so I’m going to start this book today. I’ve got a lot on my plate today so I’m hoping to start this one tonight when I’m off babysitting duty and have some time to myself. Wish me luck since I can’t wait to start Beatriz’s book!

What I Read

Magic Bites (Kate Daniels #1) by Ilona Andrews | 3 out of 5
Getting Lucky Number Seven (Taking Shots #1) by Cindi Madsen | 4 out of 5
Anatomy of a Player (Taking Shots #2) by Cindi Madsen | 3 out of 5
Next Year in Havanah by Chanel Cleeton | 4.25 out of 5

My favorite read of the week goes to Next Year in Havana by Chanel Cleeton. That ended up being a super good story and I enjoyed pretty much all parts of it. I’ll be buddy reviewing it with Ames so stay tuned for that.

Magic Bites and Anatomy of a Player were both slow starts and I did like them, I just liked them least of the books read. I am looking forward to reading the next books in both series so that’s something.

What I Reviewed

Bad Reputation (Bad Bachelors #1) by Stefanie London | 1 out of 5
Overnight Sensation (Brooklyn Bruisers #5) by Sarina Bowen | 4.5 out of 5

What I Posted

The Weekly Recap (124)
The Wednesday Post (9)

What I Got

Nothing this week. Lots of other stuff going on. Maybe this week…

What I Got for Review

Nothing this week.

What Made Me Laugh

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


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The Weekly Recap (121)

Posted February 11, 2019 by Rowena in Books, Features | 6 Comments

Another quiet week for the books. I didn’t do much outside of read, attend basketball games and go to dinner with my sisters and the kids. On Friday, after Bren and Ken’s basketball game, we went to dinner with their team and that was nice. It was nice to try a new to me Italian place and get to know the coaches and their families better. On Saturday, my sisters, Bren and Ken and I drove up to Santa Barbara for Meghan’s basketball game and that was a really pretty drive. We drove through Calabasas, through Ventura and once we got close enough, we had the Pacific Ocean as a backdrop to our drive and that was super pretty. To make things even better, Meghan’s team won their game and Meghan especially had a really good game. We got home pretty late from Santa Barbara so I lazed around all day yesterday and didn’t do a damn thing but make dinner for my family. It was great.

Now, onto the books…

What I’m Currently Reading
The Weekly Recap (121)The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie by Jennifer Ashley
Narrator: Angela Dawe
Series: Mackenzies & McBrides #1
Published by Penguin, Berkley on May 1, 2009
Genres: Historical, Romance
Point of View: Alternating First Person
Pages: 320
Format: Audiobook
Source: Audible Romance Package
Length: 9 hours, 50 minutes
Add It: Goodreads
Reading Challenges: 2019 GoodReads Challenge

The year is 1881. Meet the Mackenzie family—rich, powerful, dangerous, eccentric. A lady couldn't be seen with them without ruin. Rumors surround them—of tragic violence, of their mistresses, of their dark appetites, of scandals that set England and Scotland abuzz.

The youngest brother, Ian, known as the Mad Mackenzie, spent most of his young life in an asylum, and everyone agrees he is decidedly odd. He's also hard and handsome and has a penchant for Ming pottery and beautiful women.

Beth Ackerley, widow, has recently come into a fortune. She has decided that she wants no more drama in her life. She was raised in drama—an alcoholic father who drove them into the workhouse, a frail mother she had to nurse until her death, a fussy old lady she became constant companion to. No, she wants to take her money and find peace, to travel, to learn art, to sit back and fondly remember her brief but happy marriage to her late husband.

And then Ian Mackenzie decides he wants her.

The first of a new historical series.

I’m diligently working through my TBR pile for this month and am making great progress on it. Right now, I’m listening to The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie by Jennifer Ashley for my team review over on Book Binge but I should be done with this one before I head home for the day. This is a re-read for me and I’m thoroughly enjoying this listen so I’m a happy camper right now.

Weekly Reading Stats

Books Read: 3 | Books DNF’d: 0
Books Purchased: 0 | Books Received for Review: 2 | Reviews Posted: 4
Highest Grade: 4.5 out of 5 | Lowest Grade: 3 out of 5

What I Read

Devil’s Daughter (The Ravenels #5) by Lisa Kleypas | 4.5 out of 5
The Risk (Briar U #2) by Elle Kennedy | 4.5 out of 5
The Assist (Smart Jocks #1) by Rebecca Jenshak | 3 out of 5

What I Reviewed

One and Only (Bridesmaids Behaving Badly #1) by Jenny Holiday | 4.5 out of 5
It Takes Two (Bridesmaids Behaving Badly #2) by Jenny Holiday | 4.75 out of 5
Merrily Ever After (Bridesmaids Behaving Badly #2.5) by Jenny Holiday | 4.75 out of 5
Three Little Words (Bridesmaids Behaving Badly #3) by Jenny Holiday | 4.5 out of 5

What I Posted

The Weekly Recap (120)
The Monthly Recap: January 2019
The Wednesday Post (6)
My 2019 Most Anticipated Reads

What I Got

Nothing this week though I’m expecting a new book tomorrow and I look like this waiting for it to appear on my kindle…

What I Got for Review

The Risk (Briar U #2) by Elle Kennedy
The Right Swipe (Modern Love #1) by Alisha Rai

What Made Me Laugh

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


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The Wednesday Post (6)

Posted February 6, 2019 by Rowena in Books, Features | 10 Comments

So I’ve been playing around with things that I want to do on this blog and I’ve been wanting to do a mid-week check in so that I can chat about the books that I’m reading that week. What’s working for me and what’s not but I also want to keep a running list of books that I cannot wait to get my greedy little hands on. I decided that I’m going to do a mashup of the Can’t Wait Wednesday and WWW Wednesday posts here on my blog.

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.

WWW Wednesday

What did you recently finish reading?

Devil’s Daughter (The Ravenels #5) by Lisa Kleypas

I zipped right through this book. It was just as good as I hoped it would be and West? West was freaking everything. The ending felt a bit rushed but I enjoyed the rest of the book so much that I didn’t even care. Oh goodness, this book was sooo good.

What are you currently reading?

The Risk (Briar U #2) by Elle Kennedy

This book showed up on my kindle last night as I was finishing up Devil’s Daughter so of course I immediately started reading it once I was done. It’s Jake and Brenna!!

What do you think you’ll read next?

The Assist (Smart Jocks #1) by Rebecca Jenshak

I need to get this one read pronto so that I can work on my buddy review for this one with Ames. I’m a sucker for a sports romance and a basketball romance? Yes, please!

Can’t Wait Wednesday
The Wednesday Post (6)One Fine Duke by Lenora Bell
Series: School for Dukes #3
Published by Harper Collins, Avon on July 23, 2019
Genres: Historical, Romance
Point of View: Alternating Third Person
Pages: 384
Format: eARC
Source: Edelweiss
Add It: Goodreads

The third book in USA Today bestselling author Lenora Bell's sexy School for Dukes series is a Dracula-Northanger Abbey mash-up, with a dash of James Bond's Miss Moneypenny.

Ready.

Raised in the countryside by her overprotective uncle, Miss Mina Penny's dream of a triumphant London season is finally here. She determined her perfect match long ago: Rafe Bentley, the wickedest rake of them all. There's only one very large, very unyielding obstacle: Rafe's brother Andrew, the reclusive Duke of Thorndale.

Aim.

This was supposed to be simple. Duke goes to London. Duke selects suitable bride. Love match? Not a chance. But when Andrew meets Mina, she complicates everything. How can a lady armed with such beauty and brains fall for his irresponsible degenerate of a brother? Andrew vows to save her from heartbreak and ruin, no matter the cost.

Desire!

But Mina is no damsel in distress. She's daring, intuitive, passionate...and halfway to melting Andrew's cold heart. And although Mina thought she knew exactly what she wanted, one breathtakingly seductive kiss from Andrew changes everything. Now Mina must decide between long-held dreams and dangerous new desires. Could her true destiny lie in the arms of a duke?

I just read two fantastic historicals in the last week so I’ve got historicals on my mind. This one sounds like a good one and I’m really enjoying this series so I’m very much looking forward to Mina’s story.

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


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