Publisher: Nalini Singh

Book Boyfriend: Raj Sen from Rebel Hard by Nalini Singh

Posted November 2, 2018 by Rowena in Features | 10 Comments

This feature keeps changing because I’m trying different things out but I think I’m going to stick with this format from here on out. Thanks for coming along this ride until I figure out what the hell I want to do here. LOL.

Book Boyfriend: Raj Sen from Rebel Hard by Nalini SinghRebel Hard by Nalini Singh
Series: Hard Play #2
Published by Nalini Singh on September 18, 2018
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Point of View: Alternating Third Person
Pages: 409
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
Add It: Goodreads
four-stars

New York Times bestselling author Nalini Singh continues her Hard Play series with a sweet, sexy romance featuring big, fat, OTT weddings, a meddling grandma, and a too-serious hero who needs to be unbuttoned…

Nayna Sharma agreed to an arranged marriage in the hope it would heal the fractures in her beloved family… only to realize too late that a traditional marriage is her personal nightmare. Panicked, she throws caution to the winds, puts on the tiniest dress she can find, and ends up in the arms of a tall, rough-edged hunk of a man who has abs of steel—and who she manages to mortally insult between one kiss and the next.

Abandoned as a child, then adopted into a loving family, Raj Sen believes in tradition, in continuity. Some might call him stiff and old-fashioned, but he knows what he wants—and it’s a life defined by rules… yet he can’t stop thinking about the infuriating and sexy woman who kissed him in the moonlight then disappeared. When his parents spring an introduction on him, the last woman he expects is her. Beautiful. Maddening. A rulebreaker in the making.

He’s all wrong for her. She’s all wrong for him. And love is about to make rebels of them both.

This week’s book boyfriend is Raj Sen from Rebel Hard by Nalini Singh. Rebel Hard is the second book in Singh’s Hard Play series and he’s my book boyfriend this week because I read this book weeks ago and Raj is still one of my favorite heroes that I read in the month of October.

Rebel Hard is a diverse romance that I connected with on so many levels. The Indian culture and the Polynesian culture are kind of similar in the way that they treat their elders and the way that they think about their spouses and futures. Raj’s sense of tradition and his longing to wed an Indian woman and lead a traditional Indian life is something that I understood. I know a lot of Samoans who want to marry other Samoans to lead and bring up their kids in the Samoan way. I really admired Raj for how much he came to love Nayna and his attitude toward the kind of future they could have together.

There wasn’t anything that he wouldn’t do for her and I loved the lengths that he went to, to make sure she knew that her future was safe and hers to choose. All he wanted was to be by her side through it all. There’s a part in the book where Raj thinks this:

Raj watched Nayna sleep that night and knew he might be the architect of his own heartbreak. The Nayna she was now wanted him, but the Nayna she became as she found her wings… that Nayna might decide a man so rooted in tradition and culture wasn’t the man she wanted by her side.

Man, it hurt my heart to see him thinking these things because he didn’t think he was enough for Nayna and I wanted to smack Nayna upside her head for not seeing what was right in front of her for so long. The angst was real in this book and Raj just kept right on winning me over left and right. The way that he wouldn’t let her parents or his parents rush Nayna into coming to accept him and a marriage between them on her own and without outside influence. The way that he supported her hopes and her dreams made me swoon into a puddle of love for him. He was honestly such a great guy and I wanted so much for him to get the happy ending he wanted and was thrilled when he finally did.

On top of being one of the sweetest heroes that I’ve read about in a long time, Raj was always a Mr. Sexy Pants. He worked hard and his hard work paid off with a body that was sculpted from the Gods. I completely adored everything about him and if you haven’t met him yet, you should change that because Raj Sen is such a great hero and I know that you love him.

Hero Casting

This is who I pictured in my head while I was getting to know Raj. I think he fits the description well and I adore the hell out of this guy.

Buy the Book

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Hard Play Series

four-stars


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The Weekly Recap (105)

Posted October 1, 2018 by Rowena in Books, Features | 2 Comments

Happy first day of October, everyone! Can you believe that there are only three more months left in the year 2018? On one hand, I’m ready to say goodbye to this messed up year but on the other hand, I’m not ready for a new year. Not yet anyway. Maybe I’ll be ready in December. Fingers crossed.

Anyway, this last week was for celebrating baby Jax’s first birthday. It was also for celebrating my North High Saxons defeating Jax’s Grandpa’s Torrance High Tartars. Haha. So as you can see, it was a damn good day in my North High household. Haha, it gave us loads to discuss at Jax’s birthday party. 🙂 Jax’s birthday party was adorable. It was a Lumberjack party theme and Jax was dressed up as Lumberjax. It was too cute!

Brenna and Makenna also had their first pre-season tournament for their school basketball team in Ventura and that is about an hour away from us, I wasn’t feeling good so my brother Pete went to support them. Their team isn’t that good this year but Makenna’s Mom said they’re not as bad as we were thinking. Pete told them that depending on how well they play, will determine where they ate afterward, when he texted me during the game, he said, “It’s looking like we’re eating at McDonalds” so they sucked right alongside their teammates. SMH. It’s just pre-season so hopefully, they’ll get better.

Speaking of pre-season, NBA BASKETALL is back which means that Lebron James played in his first game as a Laker and I was super stoked about that. We lost to the dratted Denver Nuggets but I saw a lot of good stuff from our team so I’m hopeful that they’ll iron out all of the kinks soon and that we’ll be a true contending team soon. Fingers crossed. Today at 1pm, I’ll be glued to my work TV watching as my Dodgers battle the Colorado Rockies (boo!) for the National League Division title. I’m sending all of my good vibes to our boys in blue, especially Walker Buehller who will be pitching today. I hope our bats show up. GO BLUE!

Now, onto the books…

What I’m Currently Reading
The Weekly Recap (105)Rebel Hard by Nalini Singh
Series: Hard Play #2
Published by Self-Published, Nalini Singh on September 18, 2018
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Point of View: Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 409
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley
Add It: Goodreads

New York Times bestselling author Nalini Singh continues her Hard Play series with a sweet, sexy romance featuring big, fat, OTT weddings, a meddling grandma, and a too-serious hero who needs to be unbuttoned…

Nayna Sharma agreed to an arranged marriage in the hope it would heal the fractures in her beloved family… only to realize too late that a traditional marriage is her personal nightmare. Panicked, she throws caution to the winds, puts on the tiniest dress she can find, and ends up in the arms of a tall, rough-edged hunk of a man who has abs of steel—and who she manages to mortally insult between one kiss and the next.

Abandoned as a child, then adopted into a loving family, Raj Sen believes in tradition, in continuity. Some might call him stiff and old-fashioned, but he knows what he wants—and it’s a life defined by rules… yet he can’t stop thinking about the infuriating and sexy woman who kissed him in the moonlight then disappeared. When his parents spring an introduction on him, the last woman he expects is her. Beautiful. Maddening. A rulebreaker in the making.

He’s all wrong for her. She’s all wrong for him. And love is about to make rebels of them both.

I started this book on Friday but never actually got any reading done since I’m still on Chapter 2 and it’s Monday. I didn’t read at all this weekend but I’m hoping to get some reading in today and knock this one out. Wish me luck!

What I Read

America’s Sweetheart (Real Love #5) by Jessica Lemmon (eARC) | 4 out of 5
Never Love a Highlander (McCabe Trilogy #3) by Maya Banks (Audiobook) | 4.5 out of 5
Kissing Madeline (Dearest #3) by Lex Martin (Audiobook) | 4 out of 5

My favorite read of the week goes to Never Love a Highlander by Maya Banks because hot damn, that was a damn good book. I adored grumpy ass Caelen and Rionna. They were a perfect match for each other. I didn’t have a least favorite read of the week. I enjoyed all of the books that I read.

Book Boyfriend

Alaric McCabe
Seduction of a Highland Lass by Maya Banks

What I Reviewed

The Duke Buys a Bride (The Rogue Files #3) by Sophie Jordan
Getting Schooled (Getting Some #1) by Emma Chase
The Breakup (Jordan Brothers #2) by Erin McCarthy
The Gift (Crown’s Spies #4) by Julie Garwood

What I Posted

The Weekly Recap (104)
Can’t Wait Wednesday: 99 Percent Mine by Sally Thorne
Book Boyfriend: Alaric McCabe from Seduction of a Highland Lass by Maya Banks

What I Got

Archangel’s Consort (Guild Hunter #3) by Nalini Singh
Archangel’s Blade (Guild Hunter #4) by Nalini Singh
Archangel’s Storm (Guild Hunter #5) by Nalini Singh
Archangel’s Legion (Guild Hunter #6) by Nalini Singh
Archangel’s Shadows (Guild Hunter #7) by Nalini Singh

What I Got for Review

99 Percent Mine by Sally Thorne

What Made Me Laugh

I’m counting on you guys…haha.

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


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