Publisher: Berkley

The Weekly Recap (125)

Posted March 18, 2019 by Rowena in 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 Wednesday Post (9)

Posted March 13, 2019 by Rowena in 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?

Repeat by Kylie Scott

My friend Holly really enjoyed listening to this book and recommended it to me so I finally listened to it and while I liked it, I didn’t love it as much as Holly did. I did really enjoy Clem’s journey to finding out who she used to be and who she wanted to be now. They were two totally different people and I liked who Clem was now. The romance between her and Ed was cute but not the highlight of the story for me.

What are you currently reading?

Magic Bites (Kate Daniels #1) by Ilona Andrews

I’m on Day 5 of reading this book and I’m barely halfway through. I’ve been hearing such great things about this series but holy shit is this book slow af. I’ve got my fingers crossed that something finally happens because I need to finish this damn book already.

What do you think you’ll read next?

Next Year in Havana by Chanel Cleeton

I’m going to jump into this book because I’m reading it with Ames and it’ll be our next buddy review. I’m pretty anxious to read it since it’s been getting rave reviews everywhere. Woot!

Can’t Wait Wednesday
The Wednesday Post (9)Natalie Tan's Book of Luck and Fortune
by Roselle Lim
Published by Penguin, Berkley on June 11, 2019
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 320
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley
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Lush and visual, chock-full of delicious recipes, Roselle Lim's magical debut novel is about food, heritage, and finding family in the most unexpected places.

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.

"Vivid and lyrical with a touch of magic."--Helen Hoang, author of The Kiss Quotient

This week, I’m looking forward to this book. I’m really digging the Asian romances right now because my Polynesian ass relates to a lot of the cultural stuff that’s in them and I’m just over here, hoping and praying that one of my favorite authors writes a romance for a Samoan character…

So, what are you reading this week? Anything good? Anything that you want to rant about?
Are you looking forward to Natalie Tan’s Book of Fortune and Luck? What other books are you looking forward to releasing this year?

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The Weekly Recap (124)

Posted March 11, 2019 by Rowena in Features | 4 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 (7)

Posted February 13, 2019 by Rowena in Features | 4 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?

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

I just finished this book and I loved every freaking word. Kennedy and Kate were everything I was hoping for and I still can’t get over Jealous Kennedy. Jealous Kennedy is the best!

What are you currently reading?

River Marked (Mercy Thompson #6) by Patricia Briggs
The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie (Mackenzies & McBrides #1) by Jennifer Ashley

I’m reading River Marked for my TBR Challenge this month. I’m really enjoying it so far so I’m hopeful that it will continue to rock my socks. Mercy Thompson, man, she continues to be my favorite!

I’m also listening to The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie for my team buddy review over on Book Binge. That’s another wonderful historical romance. It’s a re-read for me but I feel like I’m reading it for the first time cause I had forgotten so much about it. I’m really enjoying both Ian and Beth and the other Mackenzie’s as well.

What do you think you’ll read next?

Only a Breath Apart by Katie McGarry

This is next up on my review pile. I need to get that pile down some because I keep requesting books even though I swore I wouldn’t. Oh well, I’ll get it done. I always do.

Can’t Wait Wednesday
The Wednesday Post (7)Wolf Rain
by Nalini Singh
Series: Psy-Changelings Trinity #3
Published by Penguin, Berkley on June 4, 2019
Genres: Paranormal, Romance
Point of View:Alternating Third Person
Pages: 416
Add It: Goodreads

New York Times bestselling author Nalini Singh takes us on a new adventure in this next novel of the Psy-Changeling Trinity series…

The end of Silence was supposed to create a better world for future generations. But trust is broken, and the alliance between Psy, Changeling, and human is thin. The problems that led to Silence are back in full force. Because Silence fixed nothing, just hid the problems.

This time, the Psy have to find a real answer to their problems–if one exists. Or their race will soon go extinct in a cascade of violence. The answer begins with an empath who is attuned to monsters–and who is going to charm a wolf into loving her despite his own demons.

Are you guys surprised that I’m featuring a contemporary romance on this week’s post? Haha, I do read other genres, not very often, but it’s been known to happen and the Psy-Changelings series is my favoritest paranormal romance series ever and the spin off is shaping up to be fun too. So, of course I’m looking forward to the next release.

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

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The Weekly Recap (121)

Posted February 11, 2019 by Rowena in 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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