Publisher: Harper Collins

The Weekly Recap (116)

Posted January 7, 2019 by Rowena in Books, Features | 8 Comments

It’s been a few weeks since I’ve updated this feature on the blog so I figured, it was time to get back to it. In the time since I last updated, Christmas came and went, New Years came and went and Caiden came and went. The BYU kids came home for the holidays (well after Christmas but before New Years) but they’re back at school and our days have gotten back to normal.

My car was in the shop for a little bit because I needed to replace my power steering pump and hose and also my alternator and then my battery because my power steering pump was leaking directly onto my alternator and messed everything all up so I had to pay to get that fixed so my car is back and everything is a lot better. I think. I’m broke as shit but everything is fixed so thank goodness.

Now, onto the books…

What I’m Currently Reading
The Weekly Recap (116)Governess Gone Rogue by Laura Lee Guhrke
Series: Dear Lady Truelove #3
Published by Harper Collins, Avon on January 29, 2019
Genres: Historical, Romance
Point of View: Alternating Third Person
Pages: 384
Format: eARC
Source: Edelweiss
Add It: Goodreads
Reading Challenges: 2019 GoodReads Challenge

Dear Lady Truelove...

My twin brother and I need a new mother, though Papa insists he'll never marry again. Must be nice, brainy, and fond of cats...

Lady Truelove may be London's most famous advice columnist, but James St. Clair, the Earl of Kenyon, knows his wild young sons need a tutor, not a new mother. They need a man tough enough to make his hellions tow the line, and James is determined to find one.

Miss Amanda Leighton, former schoolteacher and governess, knows she has all the qualifications to be a tutor. And while female tutors are unheard of, Amanda isn't about to lose the chance at her dream job because of pesky details like that. If Lord Kenyon insists on hiring a man, then she has only one option.

Jamie isn't sure what to make of his new employee, until he realizes the shocking truth—beneath the ill-fitting suits, his boys' tutor is a woman. An unconventional, outspoken, thoroughly intriguing woman. Despite Amanda's deception, he can't dismiss her when his boys are learning so much. Yet Jamie, too, is learning surprising lessons—about desire, seduction, and passionate second chances.

I really, really need to get a jump start on my reading for this year but I blame Game of Thrones. I’m reading this book but I’m mostly watching season 3 of Game of Thrones. I had forgotten how much rage I felt every time Joffrey was on the screen. As for the book, I’m enjoying it so far. The heroine is pretending to be a boy to be a tutor for a set of boy twins…and the back and forth between her and the hero is fun.

What I Read

The One You Fight For (The Ones that Got Away #3) by Roni Loren | 4 out of 5
Famous in a Small Town by Emma Mills | 4 out of 5
Illegally Yours (Laws of Attraction #2) by Kate Meader | 4 out of 5
Playing for Keeps (Heartbreaker Bay #7) by Jill Shalvis | 4 out of 5
99 Percent Mine by Sally Thorne | 4 out of 5

I enjoyed all of the books that I read in the last couple of weeks. I think my favorite of the bunch though would probably be The One You Fight For by Roni Loren. It was hard to get through but I enjoyed it and I cried a lot. I thought Loren handled that romance so well. I don’t have a least favorite, not this week anyway.

Book Boyfriend

Jax Blackwood
Fall by Kristen Callihan

What I Reviewed

My Favorite Half Night Stand by Christina Lauren | 4 out of 5

What I Posted

The Weekly Recap (115)
Christmas Movie Round Up
Can’t Wait Wednesday: The Right Swipe by Alisha Rai
Bookish Naughty or Nice Tag
Book Boyfriend: Dallas Walker from Wait for It by Mariana Zapata
Happy New Year!
The Wednesday Post (1)
My TBR Pile: January 2019
Eye Candy Friday: Jax Blackwood from Fall by Kristen Callihan

What I Got

The Deal (Off Campus #1) by Elle Kennedy (Audiobook)

What I Got for Review

Only a Breath Away by Katie McGarry

What Made Me Laugh

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


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Can’t Wait Wednesday: The Right Swipe by Alisha Rai

Posted December 19, 2018 by Rowena in Features | 2 Comments

Can’t Wait Wednesday is hosted by Tressa at Wishful Endings and it was based on the meme Waiting on Wednesday that was hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine.

Can’t Wait Wednesday: The Right Swipe by Alisha RaiThe Right Swipe by Alisha Rai
Series: Modern Love #1
Published by Harper Collins, Avon on July 2, 2019
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 384
Add It: Goodreads

Alisha Rai returns with the first book in her sizzling new Modern Love series, in which two rival dating app creators find themselves at odds in the boardroom but in sync in the bedroom.

Rhiannon Hunter may have revolutionized romance in the digital world, but in real life she only swipes right on her career—and the occasional hookup. The cynical dating app creator controls her love life with a few key rules:

- Nude pics are by invitation only
- If someone stands you up, block them with extreme prejudice
- Protect your heart

Only there aren't any rules to govern her attraction to her newest match, former pro-football player Samson Lima. The sexy and seemingly sweet hunk woos her one magical night... and disappears.

Rhi thought she'd buried her hurt over Samson ghosting her, until he suddenly surfaces months later, still big, still beautiful—and in league with a business rival. He says he won't fumble their second chance, but she's wary. A temporary physical partnership is one thing, but a merger of hearts? Surely that’s too high a risk…

I discovered Alisha Rai’s writing not too long ago and I really liked everything that I’ve read from her so far so when this book came onto my radar, I immediately put it on my wishlist because yes, I want to read this damn book. The blurb is a good one and I’m all about reading about this modern love with ghosting and hot matches. Add to that, this adorable cover and I’m completely in. Sign me up!

Pre-Order the Book

The Right Swipe (Modern Love #1) by Alisha Rai
Releases on July 2, 2019
Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Google Books

Are you looking forward to more goodness from Alisha Rai in 2019? Did The Right Swipe make it onto your TBR list for next year? Share your excitement with me in the comments!


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Can’t Wait Wednesday: On the Come Up by Angie Thomas

Posted December 5, 2018 by Rowena in Features | 0 Comments

Can’t Wait Wednesday is hosted by Tressa at Wishful Endings and it was based on the meme Waiting on Wednesday that was hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine.

Can’t Wait Wednesday: On the Come Up by Angie ThomasOn the Come Up by Angie Thomas
Published by Harper Collins, Balzer + Bray on February 5, 2019
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
Pages: 320
Add It: Goodreads

Sixteen-year-old Bri wants to be one of the greatest rappers of all time. Or at least make it out of her neighborhood one day. As the daughter of an underground rap legend who died before he hit big, Bri’s got big shoes to fill. But now that her mom has unexpectedly lost her job, food banks and shutoff notices are as much a part of Bri’s life as beats and rhymes. With bills piling up and homelessness staring her family down, Bri no longer just wants to make it—she has to make it.

On the Come Up is Angie Thomas’s homage to hip-hop, the art that sparked her passion for storytelling and continues to inspire her to this day. It is the story of fighting for your dreams, even as the odds are stacked against you; of the struggle to become who you are and not who everyone expects you to be; and of the desperate realities of poor and working-class black families.

The Hate U Give was one of the first audiobooks that I listened to this year and I was gripped from beginning to end so I knew that I was going to watch the movie as soon as it came out. It was a compelling story about what it’s like to grow up being black in these modern times. You’d think that the race issue would be something of the past, that we’ve grown as a society but there are a lot of things that still go on today that disappoints me.

I wouldn’t say that I enjoyed The Hate U Give because my heart broke for all of the characters involved (except Starr’s white bestie from school) but I was invested in everything that was going on and I thought Angie Thomas wrote a fabulous story to shed some light on what it’s like to not have white privilege.

That being said, I’m really looking forward to reading this book when it comes out. It looks like another engaging story and I’m so here for it. I think Angie Thomas has a compelling writing style and I have every confidence that I’ll be invested in everything that goes down in On the Come Up so sign me up!

Pre-Order the Book

On the Come Up by Angie Thomas
Releases on February 5, 2019
AMAZON || BARNES & NOBLE || GOOGLE BOOKS || KOBO

Are you planning on getting On the Come Up by Angie Thomas? What are some of the books you’re looking forward to releasing in the next few months?


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