Genre: Romance

Week in Review (87)

Posted April 30, 2018 by Rowena in Features | 2 Comments

Not much is going on with me. My family did participate in the 2018 Relay for Life, a cancer fundraiser that is held each year and the Torrance one is set at South High School. My family walk for our family members who have survived or died from cancer and we started walking when my nephew RJ was diagnosed with osteosarcoma. He was a freshman in high school and once RJ was free and clear of the disease, my other nephew Chance signed us up for Relay for Life. We’ve been walking every year ever since. So not too long after Chance signed us up, both Chance and RJ left to serve their missions so they haven’t been back to a Relay for Life since that first year.

RJ made a point to be here this year and I continue to be amazed and this young man. He goes to school in Idaho, had a wedding in Utah the day before Relay for Life started and he drove from Idaho to Utah, attended the wedding and then jumped in his car with my niece Chloe, her husband Markus and baby Caiden and drove to California for Relay before jumping back into his car on Sunday to return Chloe and her family to Utah and then driving on back to Idaho for his 7:45AM class on Monday. Love this guy!

Now, onto the books…

What I’m Currently Reading

Week in Review (87)Rumor Has It (Real Love, #4) by Jessica Lemmon
Series: Real Love #4
Published by Random House, Loveswept on May 15th, 2018
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 212
Format: eARC
Source: Publisher, NetGalley
Goodreads

This is one bad boy who’s fit to print. A notorious jock tackles life—and love—after football with a type-A journalist in this sexy standalone from the author of Eye Candy.

Barrett:

As a former pro football star, I’m used to playing the field. After injuries cut my NFL career short, my second act as a broadcaster ended on live television when a hot mic picked up a little verbal . . . indiscretion. But this latest publicity stunt might just land me back on top—much to the chagrin of Catarina Everhart, the prissy, beautiful journalist who’s been assigned to date a bad boy (i.e., me) and write about it. Catarina swears I’ll never touch her, let alone kiss those full lips of hers. Based on our chemistry, I’m not buying it. . . .

Catarina:

Barrett Fox seems to be doing everything in his power to make me hate him. The cocky egomaniac is infamous for his bad behavior, and now, thanks to my boss’s harebrained schemes, he’s apparently my problem. As one fake date leads to another, I start to see a different side of Barrett. He’s close with his family. He does volunteer work. And, okay, he kisses like a dream. Am I really dating Barrett Fox? Or is he playing me? Because suddenly I’m risking my reputation—and my heart.

I started this book this morning and so far, it’s okay. I’m not far enough into the story to know if I love or hate this book but I’m hopeful that this will be a good one. I really enjoy this series so I’ve got my fingers crossed.

What I Read

Dragon Actually by G.A. Aiken | 3 out of 5
Neanderthal Seeks Human by Penny Reid | 2.75 out of 5
Hot Asset (21 Wall Street #1) by Lauren Layne | 4.25 out of 5
The Way You Make Me Feel by Maurene Goo | 4 out of 5

I read a couple of books each week in the last couple of weeks. I read Dragon Actually for book club and I wasn’t as enthused about that one as everyone else was and same with Neanderthal Seeks Human. In both books, the heroine annoyed me. In Dragon Actually, the heroine came off as a freaking shrew and that sucks because she’s supposed to be such a strong person who leads armies into war. For me? She yelled too much and I hated the way that she treated the dragon. I guess it’s supposed to come off as strong-willed but meh. That’s not how it showed for me. In Neanderthal Seeks Human, the heroine is supposed to be super smart but she was super dumb about a lot of things. It didn’t work for me.

Fortunately for me, things picked up last week on the reading front. I read both Hot Asset by Lauren Layne, and The Way You Make Me Feel by Maurene Goo. I really enjoyed both books so that was a come up from the previous week.

What I Reviewed


If You Don’t Have Anything Nice to Say by Leila Sales | 1 out of 5
Something about You (FBI/US Attorneys #1) by Julie James | 4.75 out of 5
The Love Coupon (Stubborn Hearts #2) by Ainslie Paton | 4.25 out of 5
Hot Response (Boston Fire #4) by Shannon Stacey | 4 out of 5
Undone by You (Chicago Rebels #3) by Kate Meader | 4 out of 5
One Fell Sweep (Innkeeper Chronicles #3) by Ilona Andrews | 4.75 out of 5
Bayou Moon (The Edge #2) by Ilona Andrews | 4.25 out of 5

Everything, Everything (2017) | 3 out of 5

What I Posted

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My Life in Books

What I Got

Just for You by Rosalind James
The Real Thing by Cassie Mae
The Bone Bearer by Lani Wendt Young
The Water Burns by Lani Wendt Young

What I Got for Review

Hot Asset (21 Wall Street #1) by Lauren Layne
Every Time You Go Away by Beth Harbison

What I Watched on TV

The Resident: The Resident is back this week and holy cow, you just know that it’s building to a dramatic as shit explosive finale because holy hot damn!!

Grown-ish: Ugh, I’m still not over who she chose so ugh again.

Suits: I’m not sure what I’m feeling about how this season ended. I’m happy that Meghan Markle can now jump into her new life as a real-life Princess without looking back. I’m just curious how this entire show is going to move on without Mike. Mike’s been the center, and the heart of this show so without him around, how the heck is that going to work? Katherine Heigl is going to replace Mike? Hahahahahahahaha, riiiggghhhtt.

What Movies I Watched


Guardians of Galaxy, vol. 2 (2017) | 4 out of 5
Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015) | 4 out of 5
Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014) | 4.75 out of 5
Avengers: Infinity War (2018) | 4 out of 5
12 Strong (2017) | 4 out of 5
Den of Thieves (2018) | 3.5 out of 5
A Quiet Place (2018) | 4 out of 5

You guys, I’m still not over Infinity War. Seriously, how, what, why?????

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


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Week in Review (86)

Posted April 16, 2018 by Rowena in Features | 5 Comments

This past week has been a really quiet one for me. I’ve stuck close to home and caught up on cleaning my room, watching my Dodgers stink it up to start the season, watching my Lakers end their season on a bright note even though we didn’t make the playoffs and I’ve also had to deal with watching my Kings lose game after game after game in the first rounds of playoffs while listening to my sister cheer her Golden Knights on (they’re the ones beating the Kings).

So this has been me most of the week…

Now, onto the books…

What I’m Currently Reading

Week in Review (86)Dragon Actually by G.A. Aiken
Series: Dragon Kin #1
Published by Kensington, Zebra on August 26, 2008
Genres: Paranormal, Romance
Pages: 544
Format: eBook
Source: Bought
Goodreads

It's not always easy being a female warrior with a nickname like Annwyl the Bloody. Men tend to either cower in fear - a lot - or else salute. It's true that Annwyl has a knack for decapitating legions of her ruthless brother's soldiers without pausing for breath. But just once it would be nice to be able to really talk to a man, the way, she can talk to Fearghus the Destroyer.

Too bad that Fearghus is a dragon, of the large, scaly and deadly type. With him, Annwyl feels safe - a far cry from the feelings aroused by the hard-bodied, arrogant knight Fearghus has arranged to help train her for battle. With her days spent fighting a man who fill her with fierce, heady desire, and her nights spent in the company of a magical creature who could smite a village just by exhaling, Annwyl is sure life couldn't get any stranger. She's wrong...

I’m finishing up this book and normally, I don’t read loads of paranormals but I’m really enjoying this one. Annwyl and Fearghus are a great couple and the drama surrounding them is interesting. I’m super glad that my book club chose this book to discuss because we’ve been reading historical romances non-stop and this is a nice change from the norm. I’m also mighty curious about the other dragons in Fearghus’ family.

What I Read

If You Don’t Have Anything Nice to Say by Leila Sales | 1 out of 5
The Hookup by Erin McCarthy | 4 out of 5

What I Reviewed

On the Edge by Ilona Andrews
What a Difference a Duke Makes by Lenora Bell
West Coast Love by Tif Marcelo
Suddenly Forbidden by Ella Fields

Forever My Girl (2018)

What I Posted

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What I Got for Review

Wicked and the Wallflower by Sarah MacLean
A Duke by Default by Alyssa Cole

What I Watched on TV

The Good Doctor: I wasn’t really interested in watching this show when it first came out but I’ve heard good things and was in the mood for something new so I started this show on a whim. I’m super glad that I did because it’s a good show. I have such a soft spot for Dr. Shaun Murphy and the biggest crush on Dr. Neil Melendez. I’ve laughed, I’ve cried and happily sighed while watching this show so it hits all of my happy buttons so I’ll definitely continue to tune in.

Suits: My Darvey ship is finally sailing you guys! Donna kissed Harvey to end the first half of the seventh season and it’s back and they’re dealing with the aftermath. Harvey is pissed at Donna for making him the kind of man he never wanted to be while dealing with how much that kiss affected him. Donna is pretending that she wasn’t affected by that kiss too and Mike and Rachel are still adorable together. Louis is trying to figure things out with Sheila and I am so here for all of this. Things are heating up and yessssss….I love it!

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


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Book Review: Suddenly Forbidden by Ella Fields

Posted April 11, 2018 by Rowena in Reviews | 2 Comments

Book Review: Suddenly Forbidden by Ella FieldsSudden Forbidden by Ella Fields
Series: Gray Springs University #1
Published by Ella Fields on January 24th, 2018
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
Pages: 295
Format: eBook
Source: Gifted
Amazon
Goodreads
four-half-stars

I thought he'd always be mine,even when I was forced to say goodbye.

We were never meant to let go, but it happened anyway. Too bad I didn’t know someone was waiting to take my place, or I would've held on a lot tighter.

Two years later, we were exactly where we'd always planned to be. I'd kept my promise.He'd forgotten all about his. Not only had he moved on, but the person he'd moved on with was my best friend, leaving me to begin college with a broken heart.

I guess this is the part where I’m supposed to tell you some other guy stepped in, repaired my shattered pieces, and made me smile again.

This isn't that kind of story.

My heart might have been broken, but it refused to fall out of love.

WARNING: this book contains cheating.

This book was brought to my attention by my friend Ames who blogs over at Bookish Ames. She really enjoyed this one and as she was describing it, it sounded like something I would enjoy as well. So I started the book just as soon as I could and I finished it rather quickly. I should preface this review by warning you that there is cheating in this book and though I’m not normally a fan of that kind of things in my romances, it wasn’t a deal breaker for me in this book.

Quinn and Daisy have been best friends since they were kids. When they were of age for their friendship to blossom into something more, they went there without second thoughts. They were young, they were in love and right before Daisy turns 16, her parents move her to the next state over and her blossoming relationship with Quinn suffers a huge blow. Promises that they made to each other are thrown into question and it’s two years later, Daisy shows up for her freshman year at Gray Springs University hoping that she runs into Quinn again and that they can try to get back to where they were when they lived next door to each other.

For a while, Daisy doesn’t see Quinn at all but when she finally does, her heart is shattered into a million pieces because Quinn isn’t alone anymore. He has a girlfriend and that girlfriend used to be Daisy’s other best friend, Alexis so the betrayal is strong but Daisy isn’t the only person who is shocked. Quinn hasn’t seen Daisy in years and he wasn’t prepared for the feelings that would storm him when he finally does see her again.

Once they finally see each other, they see each other everywhere. Quinn and Alexa are in love now and Daisy tries to stay away because she’s hurt, she’s angry at the both of them and she’s still in love with Quinn. No amount of staying away helps because he’s had her heart since she was a little girl and that’s not going to change.

So this is a second chance romance set at Gray Springs University and every time that Quinn sees Daisy, the past rushes back to him and bombards him with feelings that he’s having trouble controlling. He wants to do right by Alexis but even Alexis knows about him and Daisy. She was there through all of it. He’s screwed any way that he looks at it because the more that he sees Daisy around, the stronger their bond becomes and trying to outrun something that is in his blood isn’t going to last.

Seeing Quinn and Daisy interact with each other and trying to find a new normal was angsty and so full of promise that when they inevitably come together, I was disappointed but I was also not surprised. Quinn tries his best to try to make things right and Daisy suffers from so much guilt and I thought that Ella Fields handled this complicated mess in a way that made me feel for everyone involved. The story is well written and the emotions I felt were real and I just could not stop reading. In the end, this book turned me inside out and it ended the way that it was supposed to end. I’m anxious for the next book and have every faith that Toby and Pippa’s story will be just as angsty and good as this one was.

Gray Springs University Series

Bittersweet Always releases sometime this year and I’m so here for it.

Final Rating

4 out of 5

four-half-stars


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