Publisher: Macmillan

Week in Review (84)

Posted April 2, 2018 by Rowena in Features | 6 Comments

Happy Monday, everyone! I hope everyone is enjoying their morning coffee and that today doesn’t totally suck for everyone. Mondays after a holiday are always hard, right? Anyway, Chloe and Markus are back from Samoa and they leave back home to Utah tomorrow with Baby Caiden in tow. This is me right now…

We had a good week with Caiden though. All of us got to hang with him, he went to Disneyland a few times and we had a great send-off party yesterday with an Easter egg hunt and everything. He’s going to be missed but now I’m even more serious about going to visit him in a couple of months for an entire week. Haha. I hope Chloe has room for all of us that are coming…cause we are.

And on that note, I want to wish my beautiful niece Chloe a HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Instead of posting a picture of her though, I’m going to post a picture of her beautiful son, Caiden.

This is my favorite picture of Caiden and Brenna took it last week Monday when they went to Knotts Berry Farm for Lukey’s birthday. Isn’t it the best picture, ever? He’s such a happy boy and man I’m going to miss him.

Baseball season is once again upon us and my Dodgers started off the season with a series against that dratted team from the Bay. Thank goodness we found our bats and were able to split the series because I did not want to start our season off 0-4 against the Giants. My Lakers are wrapping up another surprising season. They did a lot better this season than last so I’ll take that as a win but we’re not going to make the playoffs…again. That’s surprising since we’ve always been dominant and now? Not so much. Oh well…I’m seeing progress and that makes me happy.

But dude, did you guys watch the Woman’s Basketball championship game between Notre Dame and Mississippi State? Man, what a freaking game. It came down to the wire and the same girl that saved Notre Dame against UConn, saved them again in the championship game. Holy shit, it was amazing!

Now, onto the books…

What I’m Currently Reading

Week in Review (84)If You Don't Have Anything Nice to Say
by Leila Sales
Published by Macmillan, Farrar Straus and Giroux on May 1st 2018
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
Pages: 288
Format: eARC
Source: Publisher
Add It: Goodreads

Before we go any further, I want you to understand this: I am not a good person.

We all want to be seen. We all want to be heard. But what happens when we’re seen and heard saying or doing the wrong things? What then?

When Winter Halperin—former spelling bee champion, aspiring writer, and daughter of a parenting expert—gets caught saying the wrong thing online, her life explodes. All across the world, people knows what she’s done, and none of them will forgive her.

With her friends gone, her future plans cut short, and her identity in shambles, Winter is just trying to pick up the pieces without hurting anyone else. She knows she messed up, but does that mean it’s okay for people to send her hate mail and death threats? Does she deserve to lose all that she’s lost? And is “I’m sorry” ever good enough?

First and foremost a novel about public shaming in the internet age, If You Don’t Have Anything Nice to Say is also an exploration of the power of words, the cumulative destructiveness of microaggressions, and the pressing need for empathy.

I took the weekend off from reading and chose to watch movies instead. I’m going to be starting this book today and I’m excited. I have enjoyed Leila Sales before and I hope that I enjoy her stuff still. Wish me luck!

What I Read

Suddenly Forbidden (Gray Springs University #1) by Ella Fields | 4 out of 5
Hot Response (Boston Fire #4) by Shannon Stacey | 4 out of 5
The Love Coupon (Stubborn Hearts #2) by Ainslie Paton | 4.25 out of 5

What I Reviewed

Burn for Me by Ilona Andrews | 5 out of 5
White Hot by Ilona Andrews | 4.25 out of 5
Wildfire by Ilona Andrews | 4.5 out of 5
On Hart’s Boardwalk by Samantha Young | 4 out of 5

Home Again (2017) | 4 out of 5
Black Panther (2018) | 5 out of 5
The Greatest Showman (2017) | 5 out of 5

What I Posted

Week in Review (83)

What Movies I Watched

Doctor Strange (2016) | 4 out of 5
Captain America: Civil War (2016) | 4.25 out of 5

What TV Shows I Watched

The Resident: This week’s episode threw me for a loop. I immediately texted Brenna to find out if she watched it because I needed to discuss it with someone. We continue to find out more evil things about certain doctors in power at Chastain and that ending??? OMG. I’m still blown away that they actually did that and the previews for what’s to come? Wow. Nick???? What is Conrad going to do? What else is Privesh’s fiancee going to find? What’s going to happen with Mina? Sheesh, so much goodness to come.

Chicago PD: This week was also the week that I finally caught up on Chicago PD. I’m surprised that I like the new girl (that replaced Erin Lindsay) so much and I’m also surprised that the girl that I never thought I’d hate is…Burgess. Every episode, I’m always annoyed with her and it’s gotten to the point where I wish she’d join Lindsay in New York. Ugh. Still, the show itself is good and I’m mighty curious to see how the whole thing with Olinsky plays out because…damn. I guess I’ll have to keep watching.

What I Got

Dragon Actually by G.A. Aiken
Dragon on Top by G.A. Aiken
About a Dragon by G.A. Aiken
What a Dragon Should Know by G.A. Aiken
Last Dragon Standing by G.A. Aiken
The Dragon who Loved Me by G.A. Aiken
How to Drive a Dragon Crazy by G.A. Aiken
Light My Fire by G.A. Aiken
Feel the Burn by G.A. Aiken
Bring the Heat by G.A. Aiken

What I Got for Review

The Way You Make Me Feel by Maurene Goo
Airports, Exes, and Other Things I’m Over by Shani Petroff

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

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Buddy Review: Hooking Up by Helena Hunting

Posted December 5, 2017 by Rowena in Reviews | 2 Comments

Buddy Review: Hooking Up by Helena HuntingHooking Up
by Helena Hunting
Series: Shacking Up #2
Also in this series: I Flipping Love You
Published by Macmillan, Swerve on November 7th, 2017
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Point of View:Alternating Third Person
Pages: 444
Format: eBook
Source: Gifted
Buy It: Amazon|Barnes & Noble
Add It: Goodreads
four-stars

Amalie Whitfield is the picture of a blushing bride during her wedding reception–but for all the wrong reasons. Instead of proclaiming his undying love, her husband can be heard, by Amalie and their guests, getting off with someone else. She has every reason to freak out, and in a moment of insanity, she throws herself at the first hot-blooded male she sees. But he’s not interested in becoming her revenge screw.

Mortified and desperate to escape the post-wedding drama, Amalie decides to go on her honeymoon alone, only to find the man who rejected her also heading to the same tiny island for work. But this time he isn’t holding back. She should know better than to sleep with someone she knows, but she can’t seem to resist him.

They might agree that what happens on the island should stay on the island, but neither one can deny that their attraction is more than just physical.

Filled with hilariously scandalous situations and enough sexual chemistry to power an airplane from New York City to the South Pacific, Hooking Up is the next standalone, laugh-out-loud romantic comedy from Helena Hunting, the New York Times bestselling author of the Pucked series and Shacking Up.

Hooking Up is the second book in Helena Hunting’s Shacking Up series and it features Bancroft’s older brother, Lexington and Ruby’s best friend, Amalie.

Amalie is engaged to Bancroft and Lexington’s cousin, Armstrong and when she finds out what a piece of shit he is, Amelie goes on their honeymoon without him and runs into Lexington…a guy that keeps showing up everywhere she goes. He also has a tendency of taking care of her and Amelie is attracted big time to Lex but it’s inappropriate and she needs to keep him at arms length while she untangles herself from his cousin.

Lexington saw and wanted Amie first but his cousin slid into her DM’s when he wasn’t looking and Lex knows that Armstrong doesn’t deserve her and the day of their wedding, Armstrong proves it big time. Amie’s been through so much and when they meet up on her way to her honeymoon, Lex tries to be the friend she desperately needs only they end up becoming so much more…

Rowena: Gah, I’m so glad that you chose this book for review. I enjoyed it so much. There was a scene in the beginning of the book that I wasn’t too wild about but aside from that, I really enjoyed the back and forth between Lex and Amie. They were great characters a part from each other and I really enjoyed seeing them fall in love with each other. What a fun read this turned out to be.

What did you think, Ames?

Ames: I’m so glad you liked this book Wena! I’ve been a fan of Helena Hunting for a while now and I’m just tickled pink that you liked this book.

We first meet Amelie in Shacking Up and already in that book you know Armstrong is wrong for her. So although it was painful for her to find out how wrong he was for her, it definitely led to some personal growth for her because she was letting some bad choices from her past dictate her future…which also led to a bad choice (Armstrong). And I loved Lex. Just straight up loved him. I could see that his past with Armstrong would bite him in the ass when it came to Amie but it wasn’t dragged out and made into this whole big thing, so I really appreciated that. And I liked that they said they would be friends with benefits and stuck to it. Like she left. She hated to leave, but she left. She took some time for herself and I liked that.

Rowena: I thought Lex and Amie had a grown folks kind of romance and I was pleasantly surprised with it. I tried reading Pucked a while ago and couldn’t get into it so I was expecting more of the same with this one but I didn’t have the same reading experience. I enjoyed this one a lot more.

Lex was a great hero. Their first meeting was such a cute one and I was so bummed that Lex was caught slipping and Amie slipped through his fingers. Seeing him at Armstrong and Amie’s wedding and the shenanigans he got into there had me laughing and then raising my eyebrows and then laughing all over again. This was such a fun book!

Amie was a solid heroine too. The back and forth thing she had going with Lex was kind of annoying but more than anything, I understood it. She felt that considering everything she was wrapped up in, a relationship with Lex was inappropriate and I liked seeing her figure her shit out while lusting after Lex.

Their romance was fun, it was sexy and I really need to go back and read Bancroft and Ruby’s book. But dude, what is with all of the names in this series? Armstrong? Bancroft? Lexington? Those are all last names. Haha.

Ames: The Pucked series humor is a bit more…I don’t want to say raunchy but it is (and I love it). LOL So I know that series isn’t for everyone.

This romance was fun and sexy. Man did I ever want to go away to a tropical location. Especially now that its freaking cold here.

All right. I really enjoyed this book so I’m finding it difficult to say anything more. It’s so much easier to go on and on with books we don’t enjoy. Hooking Up gets a B+ from me. You?

Rowena: Same. It was a great romance with great characters. The writing style was great and the humor really shined for me so there isn’t much more to say that isn’t redundant. I give this book a 4.25 out of 5. That’s the same as a B+.

Final Ratings

Ames: B+
Rowena: 4.25 out of 5

Shacking Up Series

four-stars

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