Reading Challenge: 2019 GoodReads Challenge

The Weekly Recap (124)

Posted March 11, 2019 by Rowena in Books, Features | 4 Comments

We had a pretty bad scare over the weekend with Caiden and my heart still hasn’t returned to normal but we’re monitoring his fever, keeping it down and everything seems to be better with our little guy so that makes me happy. I read some books over the week but I didn’t get around to finishing all of my books from last week because I was distracted with family stuff but I’m hopeful that I’ll pick right back up this week and get all of the books read. Fingers crossed. Now, onto the books…
What I’m Currently Reading
The Weekly Recap (124)Magic Bites
by Ilona Andrews
Series: Kate Daniels #1
Published by Penguin, Berkley on March 27, 2007
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Point of View:First Person
Pages: 260
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
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Reading Challenges:2019 GoodReads Challenge, 2019 TBR Challenge

Atlanta would be a nice place to live, if it weren’t for the magic…

When the magic is up, rogue mages cast their spells and monsters appear, while guns refuse to fire and cars fail to start. But then technology returns, and the magic recedes as unpredictably as it arose, leaving all kinds of paranormal problems in its wake.

Kate Daniels is a down-on-her-luck mercenary who makes her living cleaning up these magical problems. But when Kate’s guardian is murdered, her quest for justice draws her into a power struggle between two strong factions within Atlanta’s magic circles.

The Masters of the Dead, necromancers who can control vampires, and the Pack, a paramilitary clan of shapechangers, blame each other for a series of bizarre killings—and the death of Kate’s guardian may be part of the same mystery. Pressured by both sides to find the killer, Kate realizes she’s way out of her league—but she wouldn’t have it any other way…

I’m buddy reading this with Casee and Holly on Book Binge and I’m really enjoying it. Kate Daniels is a fantastic character and I can’t wait to finish this one so that I can jump right into the next one.
What I Read
Overnight Sensation (Brooklyn Bruisers #5) by Sarina Bowen (eBook) | 4.5 out of 5 Team Player by Julianna Keyes (eARC) | 4 out of 5 Repeat by Kylie Scott (Audiobook) | 4 out of 5
What I Reviewed
Bad Bachelor (Bad Bachelors #1) by Stefanie London | 3.5 out of 5
What I Posted
The Weekly Recap (123) My TBR Pile: March 2019
What I Got
A Week to be Wicked (Spindle Cove #2) by Tessa Dare (eBook) Naked in Death (In Death #1) by J.D. Robb (eBook) Repeat by Kylie Scott (Audiobook)
What I Got for Review
If It Makes You Happy by Claire Kann Call It What You Want by Brigid Kemmerer
What Made Me Laugh
There you have it, my week in review. How was your week?

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The Weekly Recap (123)

Posted March 4, 2019 by Rowena in Books, Features | 8 Comments

I skipped last week’s recap post because I spent the day that I normally work on my blog post, throwing my guts up. My body rejected the new prescription that my doctor put me on and it laid me out flat. I could feel the tension in my body when I tried going to bed on Sunday night but I didn’t realize what it was until about 4:00 AM. So I didn’t sleep a wink that night, threw up everything that I ate and waited until the doctor’s office opened so that I could immediately call my doctor and fill him in on what was happening. I’m really grateful to him too because when I called, he was with patients but he didn’t leave me waiting very long. He called me as soon as he could and we talked at length about what was happening, what I was feeling and then he came up with a new plan of attack. He thought that we probably started the new medication too aggressively and lowered my dosage to let my body get used to it and it’s been a week since then and the medicine is working as it’s supposed to and I’m not sick anymore so yay! Basketball is wrapping up right now and with the end of the season near, we’re finding out which girls have made the Conference First and Second All Star Teams and I’m proud of my girls Brenna and Kenna for making both teams. Brenna had the highest 3pt shooting percentage in our conference and Makenna lead the conference in assists and assists from turnovers in transition. All great things! Meghan missed most of her season due to injuries so we haven’t heard if she made any teams from her conference though both her and Makenna got official invitations to play on the American Samoan National Team for the South Pacific Games. So they’ll be traveling from island to island playing basketball for Samoa. Our family is extremely proud of them both on that, especially my Dad. And last but not least, Brenna’s birthday was yesterday and for her 20th birthday, her Uncle Pete and Aunty Tiff got her a freaking car. We were all surprised and Brenna ugly cried. It was awesome. Now, onto the books…
What I’m Currently Reading
The Weekly Recap (123)Team Player
by Julianna Keyes
Published by Self-Published, Julianna Keyes on March 28, 2019
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Point of View:Alternating Third Person
Pages: 250
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley
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Reading Challenges:2019 GoodReads Challenge

Don’t hate the player…

BOTTOM NINE

Gwen Scott wants to love her job with the Charleston Thrashers, the MLB team she’s worshiped since she was a kid, but she can’t. Hateful colleagues and mind-numbing work make her days unbearable—until her head for baseball gets her exclusive access to the Thrashers’ clubhouse and she comes face-to-face with Tyler Ashe, the team’s sexy shortstop and baseball’s most ineligible bachelor.

BASES LOADED

Ty has sworn off relationships in order to focus on his all-star career, but with his best friend gone, his team struggling, and the press blaming him for every loss, the most recognizable man in the majors is in a slump. Until he starts spending his time off the field with a stern blonde who recites baseball stats for kicks and sees through his arrogant façade.

TWO OUT

As the Thrashers’ season gets into full swing and Gwen adjusts to her new job, their fun banter and friendly teasing turns into stolen kisses and countless steamy nights. The team’s strict policy against player-staff relationships throws a curve ball into the mix, but they can’t hide from their feelings any more than the most famous man in baseball can hide from the spotlight…

I made some progress on my review pile for this month and that makes me happy. I started this book this morning and I’m looking forward to diving into it more on my lunch hour because, baseball and romance? Yes, please!
What I Read
Bad Bachelor (Bad Bachelors #1) by Stefanie London (eBook) | 4 out of 5 Bad Reputation (Bad Bachelors #2) by Stefanie London (eBook) The Kiss Quotient (The Kiss Quotient #1) by Helen Hoang (Audiobook) | 5 out of 5 Bad Influence (Bad Bachelors #3) by Stefanie London (eARC) | DNF The Dating Game by Kiley Roache (eARC) | 3.25 out of 5 Eyes on Me by Rachel Harris (eARC) | 4 out of 5
What I Reviewed
Devil’s Daughter (The Ravenels #5) by Lisa Kleypas | 4.75 out of 5 Huge Deal (21 Wall Street #3) by Lauren Layne | 5 out of 5 River Marked (Mercy Thompson #6) by Patricia Briggs | 4.25 out of 5 The Scoundrel in Her Bed (Sins of All Seasons #3) by Lorraine Heath | 4.75 out of 5 The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie (The Mackenzies & McBrides #1) by Jennifer Ashley | 4 out of 5 Only a Breath Apart by Katie McGarry | 4.25 out of 5
What I Posted
The Weekly Recap (122) The Wednesday Post (8)
What I Got
Finding Alexei by Kendall Ryan Tomboy (The Hartigans #3) by Avery Flynn
What I Got for Review
Team Player by Juliana Keyes The Perfect Date by Evelyn Lozada Natalie Tan’s Book of Luck and Fortune by Roselle Lim Waiting for Tom Hanks by Kerry Winfrey Bridal Boot Camp (Little Bridge Island #0.5) by Meg Cabot
What Made Me Laugh
There you have it, my week in review. How was your week?

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The Weekly Recap (122)

Posted February 18, 2019 by Rowena in Books, Features | 2 Comments

I didn’t do much this week outside of my usual but this weekend was jam packed full of activities. Chloe, Markus and Caiden came into town for the weekend to attend Meghan’s Senior Game on Saturday. Meghan’s basketball season is winding down and after she plays in her last basketball game of the season, she’s done with basketball for good. That makes me sad because I’ve been watching Meghan play basketball since she was in elementary school. She’s graduating from college in May and I’m not ready for all of that. Here’s a picture of Meghan’s support system throughout her basketball years. All of us crazy Wilson’s and the Peneueta’s from her Dad’s side. It was good to see everyone come out to support Meghan at her last home game and to show us how thankful Meghan is for us showing up, she put on a show for us. She ended the game with 26 points and a whole lot of other stats that I can’t remember right now but I was happy that she found the basket because she went 0 for like 5 from the three point line to start the game, haha. In more happy news, Chloe and Markus left Caiden with us for the week and will be coming back next weekend to pick him up but oh happy day for us. He does so well when he’s here with us, no crying for his Mom, no being a brat, just a happy baby with lots of kids to play with…and then his Mom gets back, haha. Now, onto the books…
What I’m Currently Reading
The Weekly Recap (122)Bad Bachelor
by Stefanie London
Series: Bad Bachelors #1
Published by Sourcebooks, Sourcebooks Casablanca on March 6, 2018
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Point of View:Alternating Third Person
Pages: 384
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
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Reading Challenges:2019 GoodReads Challenge, 2019 New to Me Challenge

Everybody’s talking about the hot new app reviewing New York’s most eligible bachelors. But why focus on prince charming when you can read the latest dirt on the lowest-ranked “Bad Bachelors”—NYC’s most notorious bad boys.

If one more person mentions Bad Bachelors to Reed McMahon, someone’s gonna get hurt. A PR whiz, Reed is known as an ‘image fixer’ but his womanizing ways have caught up with him. What he needs is a PR miracle of his own.

When Reed strolls into Darcy Greer’s workplace offering to help save the struggling library, she isn’t buying it. The prickly Brooklynite knows Reed is exactly the kind of guy she should avoid. But the library does need his help. As she reluctantly works with Reed, she realizes there’s more to a man than his reputation. Maybe, just maybe, Bad Bachelor #1 is THE one for her.

I think it was Nick that brought this book to my attention last year. I bought it last year when it came out and haven’t touched it so I got the third book for review so that I could actually get these books read and so far, it’s okay. I’m hopeful that the story will pick up soon as it’s still early days for me so fingers crossed.
What I Read
Huge Deal (21 Wall Street #3) by Lauren Layne | 5 out of 5 River Marked (Mercy Thompson #6) by Patricia Briggs | 4.25 out of 5 The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie (Mackenzies & McBrides #1) by Jennifer Ashley | 4.5 out of 5 Only a Breath Apart by Katie McGarry | 4.25 out of 5
Eye Candy Friday
Kennedy Dawson Huge Deal (21 Wall Street #3) by Lauren Layne
What I Reviewed
Fame, Fate, and the First Kiss by Kasie West | 3 out of 5 Thirty Day Boyfriend by Whitney G. | 3 out of 5 From Lukov, with Love by Mariana Zapata | 4.5 out of 5 The Assist (Smart Jocks #1) by Rebecca Jenshak | 3 out of 5 The Risk (Briar U #2) by Elle Kennedy | 4.5 out of 5
What I Posted
The Weekly Recap (121) The Wednesday Post (7) Eye Candy Friday: Kennedy Dawson from Huge Deal by Lauren Layne
What I Got
Huge Deal (21 Wall Street #3) by Lauren Layne Mixtape Anthology
What I Got for Review
The Austen Playbook (London Celebrities #3) by Lucy Parker
What Made Me Laugh
There you have it, my week in review. How was your week?

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Eye Candy Friday: Kennedy Dawson from Huge Deal by Lauren Layne

Posted February 15, 2019 by Rowena in Books, Features | 8 Comments

Eye Candy Friday is all about the heroes that I’m loving and wanting to spotlight right now. Sometimes I’ll do full-on gush fest posts on why I love these guys, sometimes I’ll post pictures of what I think these guys look like and that’s it but if they’re featured here, the one thing that will be constant is I loved the hell out of these guys and want everyone to know. Thanks for coming along for the ride.

Eye Candy Friday: Kennedy Dawson from Huge Deal by Lauren LayneHuge Deal
by Lauren Layne
Series: 21 Wall Street #3
Published by Amazon, Montlake Romance on February 12, 2019
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Point of View:Alternating Third Person
Pages: 259
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
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five-stars
Reading Challenges:2019 GoodReads Challenge

Even for a top-gun banker, temptation this hot is quite a gamble, in a sexy Wall Street romp from New York Times bestselling author Lauren Layne.

An alpha among the wolves of Wall Street, Kennedy Dawson rose to the top of the pack by striking the right contracts at the right times. But there’s one deal that’s been giving him a run for his money—a pact to never again let his assistant, Kate, get under his skin. She may be smart, gorgeous, and sharp as a whip, but she’s definitely off-limits.

Kate Henley isn’t a banker, but she knows a thing or two about risk management—specifically, about managing her attraction to her smolderingly sexy boss. She already fell once, and Kennedy showed no sign of paying a return on her investment. So when Kennedy’s brother starts pursuing her, Kate figures she has the best of both worlds. Jack is charming, rich, very attentive, and the spitting image of his older brother.

It’s also making Kennedy think twice. But to win Kate’s heart, he’ll have to broker the deal of a lifetime…and prove he’s worth the risk.

Today’s boyfriend is Kennedy Dawson from Huge Deal by Lauren Layne. Kennedy is the hero of the third book in Layne’s 21 Wall Street series and the book came out this week and I ate that shit up in one sitting because…I loved this guy. So, so much.
Hero Casting
This is the perfect Kennedy Dawson, IMO. I pictured this guy the entire time that I was reading and loving Kennedy in his book. He’s got the looks, the chin and just the rich boy air that I imagined Kennedy having. If you want to know why I loved Kennedy, you should read his book because he’s bomb as hell.

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Have you read Huge Deal by Lauren Layne yet? If so, did you love Kennedy as much as I did? Did you love Jealous Kennedy even more?

five-stars

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Buddy Review: The Assist by Rebecca Jenshak

Posted February 14, 2019 by Rowena in Books, Reviews | 0 Comments

Buddy Review: The Assist by Rebecca JenshakThe Assist
by Rebecca Jenshak
Series: Smart Jocks #1
Published by Rebecca Jenshak on November 5, 2018
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
Point of View:Alternating First Person
Pages: 270
Format: eBook
Source: Kindle Unlimited
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three-stars
Reading Challenges:2019 GoodReads Challenge

You know those stories where the smart girl tutors the dumb jock? This isn't it.

Blair What's the probability of insulting the one guy on campus I need to help me pass statistics? If I knew, I wouldn't be standing in front of Wes Reynolds begging him to tutor me.

Basketball player, sexy, arrogant, always sleeping through class... these are the things I knew about him. What I didn't know is that he is a seriously smart jock.

Wes What's the best way to get rid of the peppy and unrelenting girl that keeps asking me to tutor her? If I knew, I wouldn't be staring at her tan legs and attempting to teach her statistics.

Sorority girl, fine as f**k, determined, ball buster... these are the things I knew about her. What I didn't know is that she is all the things I didn't realize I wanted or needed.

Or that one semester with her would change everything.

The Assist is the first book in the Smart Jock’s series by Rebecca Jenshak. The Smart Jocks series is a set of New Adult romances that feature really smart jocks from Valley University in Arizona and the women they fall madly in love with. First up is Wes Reynolds, the starting point guard for the Valley University’s Men’s Basketball team and the girl from his statistics class, Blair Olson. Blair needs to get an A in her statistics class but after receiving a bad grade on her first test, she knows that she needs help. When she comes across Wes Reynolds grade, she fumbles her way into getting him to tutor her. Wes is not a fan of her assumption that just because he’s a jock, he couldn’t possibly have passed the test without help but it becomes fun seeing her genuinely sorry for her assumptions and before he knows what is what, he’s helping her with her classwork. Rowena: Now, I will admit that I was really hyped for this book because it featured a basketball hero. I’m from L.A. and L.A. is a basketball town so for me, this romance appealed to my inner basketball-loving heart. I really wish there were more basketball romances out there but I’ll take what I can get and while I really enjoyed the basketball aspect of this romance, there was something missing to make me completely love it. What did you think, Ames? Ames: I have to agree with you – I liked seeing basketball instead of hockey or football being the featured sport in this NA novel. And I was looking forward to the switch up of having a nerdy jock be the one to tutor someone. And this book had some promise but something just didn’t click for me. I liked Wes but Blair’s character was hard for me to grasp. Rowena: Yeah, I had trouble with Blair’s character as well. I was really mad at David for his shenanigans and I guess I was a bit disappointed that Blair let Wes save her from that. I wish she would have saved herself, stood up for herself and really let him have it. She didn’t do anything about anything involving him, Wes did and that bummed me out. She was so quick to help everyone else but she wouldn’t even help herself. There were also chunks of the book that moved slow. Like, I knew that what we were reading was leading somewhere but I struggled with staying in the story. It was just too easy for me to put the book down and do other things. I will say that I enjoyed the bromance between Wes and Z. I thought that was great. They genuinely cared for each other and when Z tells Wes that he didn’t care about anything but seeing if his friend was okay, I was super happy. I thought Wes handled his big hurdle so badly but I understood it and I got where he was coming from, I just wish that like Blair, he would have stepped up and shown the heart that he talked so much about with Blair in the beginning. I thought that whole thing was stupid. You don’t quit on your team because you’re hurt. You don’t stop being part of a team because you can’t play anymore. You find other ways to help your team and the way that he didn’t get in trouble for ditching games and practices? I thought that was completely dumb. Being around a lot of college athletes, who have been hurt with season-ending injuries, I just don’t see someone completely checking out the way that Wes did. That was another thing that messed with my enjoyment of the book. There were no consequences for Wes’ actions and that annoyed me. There were no consequences from his coach, no consequences from his teammates and that just didn’t make sense. Anyway, so Joel is getting his story next and I’m mighty curious about who his heroine is going to be. Do you think it’s someone new or…Gabby? I’m low key hoping it’s Gabby and I’m also wondering if Z is going to get a book now that he’s no longer a student at Valley University. Hmm. Are you planning on reading the rest of the books? Ames: Oh yes! That whole thing with David was so…such a let down! Especially in this day and age, for someone to so willingly remain a victim? And that website? If people knew about it how come it wasn’t reported before? She really should have stood up for herself. I felt like all the extra work she was doing for him was just swept under the rug too. I mean, I can understand why someone wouldn’t say something but this is fiction and this would have been a great opportunity to show some strength in a character instead of relying on a guy to confront that douche. I feel like there was a lot of telling with this book and not a lot of showing. So that’s where I felt a disconnect with the story. I liked the friendship Wes had with his roommates and especially Z as well. But like you said, the way he disconnected after his injury was something that true teammates and friends would have confronted him about. They would have dragged his ass to the gym and games. They wouldn’t have let him stay in his funk as long as they did. See Z had a moment when he looked at Gabby so that’s who I see pairing up in a subsequent book. And I would read Z’s book. I think he’s an interesting character. Especially as he goes pro. I’m not really interested in Joel’s story though. All right. This was Jenshak’s debut book and although there were some issues with it, overall it was ok. I’m giving it a 3 out of 5. What about you? Rowena: I did see the moment you’re talking about, I just didn’t think Z would be getting a book since he’s not going to be going to the college anymore. Maybe I’m wrong though. Maybe Joel’s girl will be the girl that he tutors in Spanish. I’d like to read Joel’s book. I liked the way that he stepped up and went to his Dad to try to help Blair out with the whole website thing. That showed promise for me. But yeah, as far as this is concerned. There was a lot of promise and I enjoyed the friendships but overall, it was just an okay reading experience for me too.
Final Grades
Ames: 3 out of 5 Rowena: 3 out of 5
three-stars

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