Publisher: Forever

Week in Review (90)

Posted June 18, 2018 by Rowena in Books, Features | 6 Comments

This was my first week without Brenna around to annoy me and make me laugh. She’s in Utah visiting my niece Chloe and this little cutie… She gets on my nerves so much when she’s home but man do I miss her when she’s gone. I don’t laugh nearly as much with her not around. *shrugs* I did read a bunch of books this week and that makes me happy so let’s get on with that, shall we?
What I’m Currently Reading
Week in Review (90)More Than Words
by Mia Sheridan
Published by Hachette, Forever on June 12, 2018
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 336
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley, Publisher
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No one lays open the heart and soul quite like New York Times bestselling author Mia Sheridan.

The moment she met Callen Hayes, eleven-year-old Jessica Creswell knew he was a broken prince. Her prince. They became each other's refuge, a safe and magical place far from their troubled lives. Until the day Callen kissed her--Jessica's first real, dreamy kiss—and then disappeared from her life without a word.

Years later, everyone knows who Callen Hayes is. Famous composer. Infamous bad boy. What no one knows is that Callen's music is now locked deep inside, trapped behind his own inner demons. It's only when he withdraws to France to drink his way through the darkness that Callen stumbles into the one person who makes the music return. Jessica. His Jessie. And she still tastes of fresh, sweet innocence . . . even as she sets his blood on fire.

But they don't belong in each other's worlds anymore. There are too many mistakes. Too many secrets. Too many lies. All they have is that instinctive longing, that need—and something that looks dangerously like love.

I’m making steady progress on my review pile and this book is up. I started it last night and so far, it’s just okay. I’m really struggling with staying interested in what’s going on so I’m hoping this pick up soon. Wish me luck.
What I Read
Always Never Yours by Emily Wibberley & Austin Siegemund-Broka | 3.25 out of 5 Hot Single Dad (Book Boyfriend #3) by Claire Kingsley | 4 out of 5 Her Best Friend (Book Boyfriend #3.5) by Claire Kingsley | 4 out of 5 The Kissing Quotient by Helen Hoang | 5 out of 5 Ocean Light (Psy-Changelings Trinity #2) by Nalini Singh | 3.75 out of 5
This week was such a good reading week for me. I read all of the books but my favorite of 2018, so far was The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang. That book was such a good one and it’s a reverse Pretty Woman storyline which just..totally worked for me. I can’t wait for Khai’s book.
What I Reviewed
Sincerely, Carter by Whitney G | 4.5 out of 5 Coco (2018) | 4.5 out of 5 Making Up by Lucy Parker | 4 out of 5 I Flipping Love You by Helena Hunting | 4 out of 5
What I Posted
Week in Review (89)
What I Got
Save the Date by Morgan Matson Hot Single Dad (Book Boyfriend #3) by Claire Kingsley Her Best Friend (Book Boyfriend #3.5) by Claire Kingsley Single Dad by River Laurent
What I Got for Review
The Governess Game (Girl Meets Duke #2) by Tessa Dare Under Control (Boston Fire #5) by Shannon Stacey Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating by Christina Lauren
There you have it, my week in review. How was your week?

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Buddy Review: Duke of My Heart by Kelly Bowen

Posted September 27, 2017 by Rowena in Reviews | 0 Comments

Buddy Review: Duke of My Heart by Kelly BowenDuke of My Heart
by Kelly Bowen
Series: Season for Scandal, #1
Published by Hachette, Forever on January 26th 2016
Genres: Historical, Romance
Point of View:Alternating Third Person
Pages: 368
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
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four-stars

Scandal can be handled...

Captain Maximus Harcourt, the unconventional tenth Duke of Alderidge, can deal with tropical storms, raging seas, and the fiercest of pirates. But he's returned home from his latest voyage to find a naked earl—quite inconveniently deceased—tied to his missing sister's bed. And he has only one place to turn. Now he's at the mercy of the captivating Miss Ivory Moore of Chegarre & Associates, known throughout London for smoothing over the most dire of scandals.

Miss Moore treats the crisis as though it were no more serious than a cup of spilt tea on an expensive rug. As though this sort of thing happened on the job every day. Max has never in all his life met a woman with such nerve. Her dark eyes are too wide, her mouth is too full, her cheekbones too sharp. Yet together, she's somehow...flawless. It's just like his love for her, imperfect, unexpected—yet absolutely true.

Rowena: September’s buddy review book went to Duke of My Heart (Season for Scandal #1) by Kelly Bowen and it was a book that I had high hopes for. You see, our heroine, Ivory Moore, is the Olivia Pope of her time. She works for Chegarre & Associates and they specialize in making your scandals go away. They kill scandals and rumors and plant stories to put out there instead and everyone who needs a scandal killed, hire her, because she’s the best at what she does. Ivory’s latest case brings Maximus Harcourt, the Duke of Alderidge into her life. He also brings a mystery surrounding the disappearance of his sister and a bond that she wasn’t expecting or ready for. Max has come home to find his sister gone, his Aunt panicking and a strange but beautiful woman acting like she’s in charge. To say that he’s a bit panicked himself, is putting things mildly but for someone who has never had anyone in charge of him, he’s hesitant to give up the control that his family needs him to give up. His sister needs him but he has to give over the finding of her to a stranger? Not bloody likely…though the farther his sister seems out of reach, the more he finds himself leaning on the stranger that is starting to become so much more than a stranger. Alright, Ames….what are your immediate thoughts on this book? Did you like or not like it? Ames: Great recap Wena! Okay, to be completely honest, I enjoyed the book but wasn’t blown away by it. It didn’t ‘grab’ me right off the hop and it took to about 25% into the story before I was like ‘I can work with this.’ ​I don’t know if it was the book or the fact that I’ve been on a contemporary binge lately so just wasn’t feeling a historical? I am a big fan of Scandal so I liked that Ivory was a fixer. Wow. That was rambling. LOL And you Wena, what did you think? Rowena: Same. The book was really slow to pick up for me and because of that, I didn’t connect with either Ivory or Max for a long time. Not to mention, Lady Beatrice. So in the end, while I did enjoy it, I didn’t love it. As far as romance goes, the chemistry between Ivory and Max was completely believable. The attraction, the interest, and all of that was done well but for some reason, I couldn’t completely connect with the characters or the book. I was a bit bored in the beginning which is weird, considering the book literally starts with a bang. A really big bang that goes south. I feel like I’m rambling too but I can’t help it. Like you, the book didn’t grab me right from the jump and because I didn’t absolutely love everything that was going on, I kept reading just so that I can finish. Had I not been reading this book for this review, I probably would have DNF’d it. Ames: I am just going to chalk this one up to me not being in the mood for a historical. I did like the relationship that developed between Ivory and Max. Max was a captain and was used to men following his orders. So when he deals with Ivory, who is also used to giving orders and not taking them, it was fun to see how he was the one who had to learn how to bend and make himself vulnerable to someone else for a change. Ivory knew things that he didn’t know and he had to trust her judgement. Another thing I liked about Ivory was how different people were loyal to her. And she could take care of herself. She was a good strong heroine. I am usually all about heroes in my romances but in this book I was all about the heroine. She was good stuff! Rowena: Haha, yes…I was half expecting Max to bend the knee to Ivory. I enjoyed getting to know them and I should probably chalk this one up to not being in the mood for historicals but that can’t be the case since I was reading hella Julie Garwood historicals at the same time. So…I’m thinking it wasn’t wasn’t that. Oh well, sometimes it just happens like that for me. I enjoyed this book but I didn’t love it. I did enjoy that Ivory took care of others and in turn, they took care of her. They all lived by a code, those street workers and yet they all respected and were respected by Ivory. That was great. Who are the other books about? I’m sure Alex and Miss DeVries will get a book, huh? Do you have plans to read the other books? Ames: LMAO I love how you made a GoT reference in our review. 😛 I do have plans to read the rest of the series. I liked the characters Kelly Bowen brought to life in this story. All right Wena, I’m going to grade this book a B-. Slow to start but the characters were great and the story did pick up. Rowena: I give it a C (3 out of 5) because while it ended up being good, the slow beginning and my lukewarm connection to the story and characters just didn’t tip this one over into the B category. Final Grades: Ames: 4 out of 5 Rowena: 3 out of 5 We’re almost done with the year, and we’ve done a buddy review every single month. Woot! I don’t think that has ever happened. Anyway, we’ll be reading On a Tuesday by Whitney G. for next month’s buddy review so if anyone is interested in reading along with us, feel free. Everyone is welcome because the more the merrier! Happy reading everyone!
four-stars

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