Publisher: Harlequin

Week in Review (91)

Posted June 25, 2018 by Rowena in Books, Features | 2 Comments

It was another quiet week for me. I hung out with my bestie and my family, read some books, my nook tablet 7 was delivered and that thing isn’t my favorite tablet (too slow) but for $30, it’s not that bad though it’s not great either. *shrugs* I also attended a baby shower and a beach wedding, I was happy because we didn’t play any of those cheesy baby shower games that I hate and there was a taco lady so I ate all of the tacos. Yum. It was really good to see family that moved to Utah as just last summer, we were all together celebrating our kids graduating high school together. 🙁
Did you guys see the trailer for the movie adaptation of Jenny Han’s To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before? This trailer was my favorite thing that happened this week. The casting (especially the love interest casting), the movie itself, it all looks so good and I’m ever so hopeful that Netflix will deliver something way better than Passionflix has been putting out this year. Woo hoo!! Now, onto the books…
What I’m Currently Reading
Week in Review (91)The Fragile Ordinary
by Samantha Young
Published by Harlequin, Harlequin Teen on June 26, 2018
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
Pages: 304
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley, Publisher
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I am Comet Caldwell.

And I sort of, kind of, absolutely hate my name.

People expect extraordinary things from a girl named Comet. That she’ll be effortlessly cool and light up a room the way a comet blazes across the sky.

But from the shyness that makes her book-character friends more appealing than real people to the parents whose indifference hurts more than an open wound, Comet has never wanted to be the center of attention. She can’t wait to graduate from her high school in Edinburgh, Scotland, where the only place she ever feels truly herself is on her anonymous poetry blog. But surely that will change once she leaves to attend university somewhere far, far away.

When new student Tobias King blazes in from America and shakes up the school, Comet thinks she’s got the bad boy figured out. Until they’re thrown together for a class assignment and begin to form an unlikely connection. Everything shifts in Comet’s ordinary world. Tobias has a dark past and runs with a tough crowd—and none of them are happy about his interest in Comet. Targeted by bullies and thrown into the spotlight, Comet and Tobias can go their separate ways…or take a risk on something extraordinary.

I’m starting this book today and I’m low key excited to jump in because it sounds like such a good book. I enjoyed Samantha Young’s other YA book so I’m hopeful that this one will be another fabulous read. Wish me luck!
What I Read
More than Words by Mia Sheridan | DNF Burn for Me (Hidden Legacy #1) by Ilona Andrews | 5 out of 5 Wicked and the Wallflower (Bareknuckled Bastards #1) by Sarah MacLean | 4.25 out of 5 One Small Thing by Erin Watt | 3.75 out of 5
So last week, I started More than Friends and was having a hard time staying interested in it. I was hopeful that the story would pick up so I’m really bummed that it never did. I just, I don’t even know how to explain why I couldn’t get into it other than to say that the heroine was boring and I could not connect with the love interest at all. I just..couldn’t so I put it down on Wednesday and moved on. I read Burn for You for my book club tonight and I’m super excited to discuss this book with my book club because they better love this choice because I chose it..haha. I also read Wicked and the Wallflower by Sarah MacLean and it’s the first book of MacLean’s newest historical romance series, the Bareknuckled Bastards series. It was good stuff. I’m looking forward to the next one for sure. I finished up my reading week with One Small Thing by Erin Watt and finished that in one sitting. I stayed mad at so many people in the book, but I completely adored Chase so I kept reading to see how things got better and they did so I’m glad. I loved how firm the ending was. There wasn’t any of that make your own ending crap that we usually get from YA’s. I hate those.
Book Boyfriend of the Week
Wes Garrett The One You Can’t Forget by Roni Loren
What I Reviewed
Burn for You (Slow Burn #1) by J.T. Geissinger | 4 out of 5 Set it Up (2018) | 4.25 out of 5 The One You Can’t Get Away (The Ones that Got Away #2) by Roni Loren | 4 out of 5
What I Posted
Week in Review (90) Cover Reveal: Only a Breath Apart by Katie McGarry
What I Got
Bro Code by Kendall Ryan Mister Tonight by Kendall Ryan Consolation (Salvation Series #3) by Corinne Michaels Floored by Ainslie Paton The Love Experiment (Stubborn Hearts #1) by Ainslie Paton
What I Got for Review
Hard Sell (21 Wall Street #2) by Lauren Layne The Accidentals by Sarina Bowen
This is me right now because I’ve got another Lauren Layne book to read…
There you have it, my week in review. How was your week?

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Week in Review (83)

Posted March 26, 2018 by Rowena in Books, Features | 6 Comments

This past week was for celebrating Baby Caiden turning 1! He was supposed to spend the day at Disneyland but with the unusual rainy days here in Southern California, that trip got postponed until this past Saturday. We ended up celebrating his actual birthday at Chuck E. Cheeses. The kids had a great time and it was good to catch up over salad and pizza with my siblings so all in all, it was a fun. The only downer was we forgot to FaceTime with Caiden’s parents in Samoa when we sang Happy Birthday to him and his Mom wasn’t too happy with us, oops. The rest of the week was pretty chill. We didn’t do much, stayed close to home with all the rain and I haven’t been in the mood to go out so I’ve been hanging with Caiden, reading some books and watching tv and movies. Now, onto the books…

What I’m Currently Reading

Find the Author: Goodreads
Week in Review (83)The Love Coupon
by Ainslie Paton
Series: Stubborn Hearts #2
Published by Harlequin, Carina Press on April 9th 2018
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 264
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley, Publisher
Buy It: Amazon|Barnes & Noble
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Can you fall in love if you have the right coupon?

Tom O’Connell had a problem. His temporary roommate, Flick Dalgetty was noisy, messy, made of bees and had enough energy to power an amusement park. The problem was he shouldn’t have kissed her.

Flick Dalgetty had a problem. Her landlord, Tom O’Connell was made of granite. He was a big, repressed anti-social ogre, but the man knew how to kiss. The problem was he felt guilty about hooking up and she wanted more.

Until Flick’s gift of thirty coupons, each entitling Tom to one guilt and obligation free activity, from bowling and bubble bathing to morning delight and lingerie buying, removed all the guesswork of being incompatible partners and temporary roommates.

Now the only problem was Flick had to leave and Tom needed to stay and they might be falling in love—and there wasn’t a coupon for that.

Love can be a sexy game until it becomes the only one your stubborn heart wants to play.

I’m taking a break from Ilona Andrews because I need to. I have fallen behind on my review pile (though not far behind) and I need to catch up so I’ve taken every IA book off my kindle for now so I don’t tempt myself to get lost in more books. The first book that I’ve picked up from my review pile? The Love Coupon. I’ve been hearing some good things about this book and this author and this series so I’m curious enough to try it out for myself. I haven’t gotten very far into the book so I don’t really think anything of it at the moment but I’m sure that I’ll enjoy it.

What I Read

Bayou Moon by Ilona Andrews | 4.25 out of 5 Jockblocked by Jen Frederick | 4.75 out of 5
I only read two books but both books were fantastic reads (and re-reads) and I’m stoked for the new week of reads so woot!

What I Reviewed

The Wedding Date by Jasmine Guillory | 2 out of 5 So Over You by Kate Meader | 4.25 out of 5

What I Posted

My Marvel Movies Project of 2018 Monthly Recap: February 2018 Sunday Spotlight: What a Difference a Duke Makes by Lenora Bell

What I Got

The Coaching Hours by Sara Ney Suddenly Forbidden by Ella Fields

What I Got for Review

The Fragile Ordinary by Samantha Young One Small Thing by Erin Watt When a Duke Loves a Woman by Lorraine Heath I Flipping Love You by Helena Hunting
There you have it, my week in review. How was your week?

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Buddy Review: When It’s Real by Erin Watt

Posted July 25, 2017 by Rowena in Reviews | 0 Comments

Buddy Review: When It’s Real by Erin WattWhen It's Real
by Erin Watt
Published by Harlequin, Harlequin Teen on May 30th 2017
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult
Point of View:First Person
Pages: 413
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
Add It: Goodreads
four-stars

From #1 New York Times bestselling author duo Erin Watt comes the addictive contemporary tale of a teen rock star in need of an image makeover and the teen girl hired to be his fake girlfriend.

Meet Oakley Ford-teen celebrity, renowned pop star, child of famous movie stars, hottie with millions of fangirls… and restless troublemaker. On the surface he has it all, but with his home life disintegrating, his music well suddenly running dry, and the tabloids having a field day over his outrageous exploits, Oakley's team decides it's time for an intervention. The result: an image overhaul, complete with a fake girlfriend meant to show the world he's settled down.

Enter seventeen-year-old Vaughn Bennett-devoted sister, part-time waitress, the definition of "normal." Under ordinary circumstances she'd never have taken this gig, but with her family strapped for cash, she doesn't have much of a choice. And for the money Oakley's team is paying her, she figures she can put up with outlandish Hollywood parties and a team of publicists watching her every move. So what if she thinks Oakley's a shallow, self-centered jerk? It's not like they're going to fall for each other in real life…right?

Ames: Rowena and I were originally going to read Cora Carmack’s July new release, All Closed Off. But we had a little discussion about this book as it had already been delayed so we chose a back-up book, When It’s Real. Although it wasn’t released during July, it was a newish book that neither of us had read yet. I’m glad we decided on a back up book because All Closed Off was delayed again. When It’s Real features the fake celebrity relationship trope. Vaughn is hired as the everyday girlfriend for young pop star Oakley Ford. Oakley needs a girlfriend for reasons. The only reason Vaughn goes along with this crazy scheme is to help her family out. They’re orphans after their parents died in an accident and they’ve been making ends meet but barely. Vaughn actually graduated from high school early so she could take some time off before heading to college. Oakley is only going along with the scheme to ingratiate himself with a producer he really wants to work with. He is not keen on this arrangement and at first he acts like a real ass with Vaughn. But Vaughn is not impressed with his fame or his attitude and Oakley comes around to acting like a human being. As they get to know each other, their fake relationship starts to feel real. But is it? Okay Wena, what did you think of When It’s Real? I read this book right after I read another fake relationship book (with older adults) and let me tell you, this book was hands down the better read. I loved Vaughn and Oakley’s dynamic. I like that they didn’t like each other at first but then Vaughn slowly started to humanize Oakley. I really liked Vaughn. And to be honest, I pictured Harry Styles for Oakley. LOL That may not be where the authors were intending to go with his character, but that’s who I saw. And I may have listened to Sign of the Times a time or ten…million. haha Rowena: What did I think? I adored this book and when I finished, I was bummed because I didn’t want the book to end. I thought Oakley and Vaughn were awesome characters and an adorable couple. I really liked how their relationship turned from hate to friendship then finally, to love. I really like Jen Frederick and Elle Kennedy’s writing style. They write books together really well. I don’t think I’ve read a book that I haven’t been utterly obsessed with (whether I’ve been pissed off or in freaking love) and that wasn’t any different with this book. The flow of the story worked for me and the dialogue, man I loved the dialogue. You can always count on Frederick and Kennedy to pack on the drama and we got plenty of that here, lots and lots of drama that I could not get enough of. Harry Styles is a great Oakley…well, without his accent but still, I could totally see it. I love Harry. I’m really happy about our choice of buddy review book this month. It was so freaking good. It took the sting out of yet another delay for All Closed Off. Ames: I didn’t want the book to end either! And it wasn’t just the main characters. I loved the secondary characters too, like Oak’s bodyguard buddy and Vaughn’s family. I like how Oak was with her younger brothers. And thought the secondary romance was very cute too. My only complaint (and its a small one) is how the issue at the end of was dealt with, with the meddling into their relationship. Like it was kind of brushed aside (I’ll deal with you later!” kind of thing) but I wanted to see those people deal with the repercussions of what they did. It was so unprofessional, you know? Rowena: Yeah. I really liked that the secondary characters held their own with my attention. There have been quite a few books where I couldn’t tell you much about the secondary characters but that wasn’t the case with Vaughn’s family and even Oakley’s. I liked seeing Oakley’s Mom trying to make things right with him and I liked seeing Oakley handle the situation with his Dad. I also liked seeing how he made a family for himself with his bodyguards. Ugh, I wanted to punch Luke, the bassist so many times because he was such a terrible human being. I was glad when Oakley finally tossed his ass to the curb. The whole misunderstanding at the end should have had bigger consequences, considering who he was but it did make me wonder if that ever happened in real life. Do you think? Also, how did it end? Do we find out if they were punished, fired, or whatever? Ames: Luke was the worst! And so was Oakley’s dad. I did like that his mom was redeemable. And no, I don’t think we ever found out what happened! Do we know if there’s going to be a series or was this a stand-alone? I ask because maybe there would be some follow up in another book? I don’t know. So I loved When It’s Real and really enjoyed it. So I’m giving this a 4.25 out of 5. I highly recommend this one. Rowena: Yes!!! He totally was. It was nice that Oakley’s Mom actually wanted to fix their relationship and wasn’t as we thought she’d be after hearing about her from Oakley. I don’t think there’s going to be another book or a series. I thought this was a standalone book. This was a fun book that I really enjoyed and I’m so glad that we chose it. I adored Oakley and I loved Vaughn. I also loved that Vaughn was from El Segundo since that’s about 15 minutes from where I live and the day that I started this book, I was having dinner on Main Street in El Segundo so I had a little dorky moment while looking out the restaurant window, thinking about Oakley and Vaughn. Ha! I give this book a 4.25 out of 5 as well. Such a great book!
four-stars

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TBR Challenge Review: Act Like It by Lucy Parker

Posted February 15, 2017 by Rowena in Reviews | 8 Comments

TBR Challenge Review: Act Like It by Lucy ParkerAct Like It
by Lucy Parker
Series: London Celebrities #1
Published by Harlequin, Carina Press on November 30th 2015
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Point of View:Alternating First Person
Pages: 199
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
Add It: Goodreads
four-stars

This just in: romance takes center stage as West End theatre's Richard Troy steps out with none other than castmate Elaine Graham

Richard Troy used to be the hottest actor in London, but the only thing firing up lately is his temper. We all love to love a bad boy, but Richard's antics have made him Enemy Number One, breaking the hearts of fans across the city.

Have the tides turned? Has English rose Lainie Graham made him into a new man?

Sources say the mismatched pair has been spotted at multiple events, arm in arm and hip to hip. From fits of jealousy to longing looks and heated whispers, onlookers are stunned by this blooming romance.

Could the rumors be right? Could this unlikely romance be the real thing? Or are these gifted stage actors playing us all?

I’m struggling to get my life together this month. I had all of these grand plans of all of the books that I was going to read and I didn’t do anything or read much of anything. February’s prompt for the 2017 TBR Reading Challenge was to read a new to me author. Boy was I lucky when Bookish Ames pointed out that I did read a book that fulfilled that prompt. I hadn’t realized. Duh. I’ve been wanting to read Lucy Parker ever since she came onto my radar. I’ve been seeing so many of my favorite book bloggers singing her praises and I knew that she was going to be an author that I enjoyed so when I opened up Act Like It, I was ready to be impressed…and I was. Richard Troy is a bastard. He takes no shit from anyone and he doesn’t mince words. He doesn’t tolerate dumbasses and he makes no apologies for who he is. Normally, he wouldn’t care what the tabloids but his bosses on the play he’s working on do and before he knows what’s what, he’s in a fake relationship with his co-star Lainey Graham. The plan is for her to use her good press and big heart to soften his reputation. Lainey Graham is being forced to play girlfriend to another asshole that she works with and she’s pretty much had it with asshole coworkers being her boyfriends. She just got out of a relationship with the other leading guy in the play and that didn’t end well because the asshole broke up with her by using the tabloids to tell her he’s moved on to someone else. Someone that he was seeing while they were still together. She may not be happy about playing the girlfriend to another castmate but she’ll do it because her bosses want her to. What started off as something that neither of them wanted begins to change into something they weren’t expecting at all and boy was I here for all of it. I enjoyed getting to know both Richard’s grumpy ass and Lainey’s too nice for her own good self. They were fantastic characters that I just fell in with. The beginning was a little slow but not enough to put me off. I’m glad that I pushed through because these two became such dear characters to me. Richard was a total asshole and he said and did things that I would never do myself but for some reason, it worked for me. I loved him through all of her assholey behavior. I loved seeing him fall in love with Lainey because even though he softened some, he was still the same asshole we met and fell in love with anyway. Kudos to Parker for making us fall in love with the asshole and not changing the asshole into a sap. That was great. Lainey was fun to get to know. I love how aggravated she would get with Richard because he was such a jerk. I loved seeing her with her bestie and I liked that she had a life outside of work. I loved when she tries to fix things between Richard and her when she messes up because it really showed how much she cared and really, it just showed the kind of person that she was. All in all, this was a great first read by an author that I will definitely be reading more from. I definitely recommend Richard and Lainey’s love story. It’s a good one.
4 out of 5
four-stars

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