Reading Challenge: 2019 GoodReads Challenge

The Weekly Recap (118)

Posted January 21, 2019 by Rowena in Books, Features | 6 Comments

This week was pretty quiet for me. I didn’t get into any fights, I wasn’t mean to anyone BUT I’m still failing in my don’t be a petty bitch resolution for this year. I need to just accept the fact that I’m always going to be that bitch. LOL. Welp.

I did make it out to all of Meghan’s and then Bren and Ken’s basketball games this week. Meghan is back from her injury and has played really well in both of her games this week. She was the top scorer of her game against Masters University and I felt bad because she played her ass off but came up short. Her team came back on Saturday and responded much better than they did in the game against Masters in a come from behind win so that was a lot of fun to witness.

As for Bren and Ken, they played against Bakersfield Community College…in Bakersfield and our family made the two-hour drive to Bakersfield to watch them play. Sure, a lot of the reason we made the trip is to visit one of my good friends Foti and his family. I got to meet Foti’s baby for the first time and spend time with his older son, Niko. It was a lot of fun going out there and touring his new, not quite ready to open restaurant in a historic building in Downtown Bakersfield. The building looks great and I’m happy for both Foti and his wife Maya. Their hard work looks good and I’m positive good things will happen for them in this new space. So pretty! Bren and Ken got the win in Bakersfield and Brenna was happy that she got to see Foti and Niko so it was a really good trip. Conference starts for Bren and Ken this week with a home game against Harbor College so that’s something to look forward to.

Now, onto the books…

What I’m Currently Reading
The Weekly Recap (118)One and Only by Jenny Holiday
Series: Bridesmaids Behaving Badly #1
Published by Hachette, Forever on February 27, 2018
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Point of View: Alternating Third Person
Pages: 337
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
Add It: Goodreads
Reading Challenges: 2019 GoodReads Challenge, 2019 New to Me Challenge, 2019 TBR Challenge

Miss Responsibility meets Mr. Reckless

With her bridezilla friend on a DIY project rampage, bridesmaid Jane Denning will do anything to escape - even if it means babysitting the groom's troublemaker brother before the wedding. It should be a piece of cake, except the "cake" is a sarcastic former soldier who is 100% wicked hotness and absolutely off-limits.

Cameron MacKinnon is ready to let loose after returning from his deployment. But first he'll have to sweet talk the ultra-responsible Jane into taking a walk on the wild side. Turns out, riling her up is the best time he's had in years. But what happens when the fun and games start to turn into something real?

I have been itching to get this series read so I’m super thrilled that I’m finally reading this one. So far, it’s really good and every positive review that I read was spot on. I’m really enjoying this one and already, I can’t wait to jump into the other books in this series.

What I Read

The Wrong Game by Kandi Steiner | 2.5 out of 5
Blood Kiss (Black Dagger Legacy #1) by J.R. Ward | 4 out of 5

I had such high hopes for the Steiner but was pretty bored with the story in the second half of the book and then the first half was chock full of stupid immature games played by the heroine that had I not loved the hero so much, I probably would have DNF’d it.

Blood Kiss was the book that I read for book club and the first part of the book was super slow. It took me while to get into the book and because of that, it took me forever to read it. This was the first time that I finished the book the day of book club. I try to get the book read in plenty of time to put together some questions for a discussion but this month, I was late to all of that. Oh well, the story did pick up and I did end up really liking it so that’s something. Craeg and Paradise forever!

Book Boyfriend

Garrett Daniels
Getting Schooled (Getting Some #1) by Emma Chase

What I Reviewed

Mystery Man (Dream Man #1) by Kristen Ashley | 0, 1, 4 out of 5
Illegally Yours (Laws of Attraction #2) by Kate Meader | 4 out of 5
Hoops Holiday (Hoops #2.5) by Kennedy Ryan | 4.25 out of 5

What I Posted

The Weekly Recap (117)
The Wednesday Post (3)
Eye Candy Friday: Garrett Daniels from Getting Schooled by Emma Chase

What I Got

Love and Other Words by Christina Lauren

What I Got for Review

Only a Breath Apart by Katie McGarry
Passion on Park Avenue (The Central Park Pact #1) by Lauren Layne

Yeah, I’m a happy camper after this week’s haul.

What Made Me Laugh

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


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The Weekly Recap (117)

Posted January 14, 2019 by Rowena in Books, Features | 10 Comments

It was a pretty quiet week for me. I didn’t do much because the weather in L.A. is pretty dreary. Bren and Ken did have a game on Friday that I went to and I got into it with some punk ass white boy who was talking shit about Kenna like he knew anything about her. Calling her a lazy ass who doesn’t help her teammates like it was Kenna’s fault that his girlfriend can’t break a damn press. The thing about it though was she couldn’t get past one person who was guarding her really close. That girl was eating her up and stripping the ball from her time and time again. It is not Kenna’s fault that his girlfriend is a trash point guard and exposes herself with every game. The only bad thing about all of that was I went off on him about how his girlfriend is trash and his girlfriend’s family was sitting a few rows in front of me so now they know that I think their daughter sucks ass but *shrugs* it can’t be helped now. I meant it too but because her Mom has been nothing but nice to me, I felt a little bad.

Oh well. Don’t start nothing, won’t be nothing.

The thing about it was the boyfriend stood right in back of me, talking all of his shit about Kenna. Like he blamed Kenna for the loss but nope, that was a team loss and Kenna didn’t lead that game in turnovers so he better go somewhere with his dumbass. And why in the hell would you talk all this shit directly in back of Kenna’s family? How disrespectful is that? And Kenna would eat his girlfriend up if they were to go one on one so honestly…he’s an idiot. He was also analyzing the game like he was a coach or something and the fool doesn’t even play anywhere except the local parks and rec league.

Anyway, onto the books…

What I’m Currently Reading
The Weekly Recap (117)The Wrong Game by Kandi Steiner
Published by Kandi Steiner on October 18, 2018
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Point of View: Alternating First Person
Pages: 393
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
Add It: Goodreads
Reading Challenges: 2019 GoodReads Challenge

Two season tickets. One genius idea. Zero interest in a relationship.

The plan is simple: a brand new, hot, preferably funny, definitely single male will fill one of those seats for every Bears game at Soldier Field. And I’ll fill the other.

I can’t think of a better way to use the season passes I’d bought for my ex-husband. I am a woman of plans, and this one’s foolproof.

Until Zach Bowen offers to be my practice round.

He’s infuriating. Presumptuous and overbearing. And absolutely, undeniably gorgeous. Any woman with a heartbeat would be attracted to him, and mine picks up speed every time he speaks.

But as I said, I’m a woman of plans — and I’m not backing down on this one.

One night. One game. And then, his time’s up.

He can try to change the rules, but here’s the truth: he can’t win if he’s playing the wrong game.

The Wrong Game is a stand-alone, angsty, enemies-to-lovers sports romance.

I’m about halfway through this book and am enjoying it though I’m not seeing what is presented in the blurb. I’m going to be reviewing this one with Holly so you’ll see what I end up thinking of the book as a whole on Book Binge soon. I hope this one continues to be good.

What I Read

Governess Gone Rogue (Dear Lady Truelove #3) by Laura Lee Guhrke (eARC) | 4 out of 5
Hoops Holiday (Hoops #2.5) by Kennedy Ryan (Kindle Unlimited) | 4.25 out of 5
Right Where I Want You by Jessica Hawkins (eBook) | 4 out of 5

My favorite read of the week goes to Hoops Holiday by Kennedy Ryan. It was such a sweet and fun romance between two people that were perfect for each other. There’s some angst and even though the book was super short, the romance was done in a believable way and I just adored it to pieces.

What I Reviewed

Hate Notes by Vi Keeland & Penelope Ward | 4 out of 5
Famous in a Small Town by Emma Mills | 4 out of 5

What I Posted

The Weekly Recap (116)
The Monthly Recap: December 2018
The Wednesday Post (2)
My Personal and Blogging Goals for 2019

What I Got

Nothing new this week. I’m trying to get the books I already have read first.

What I Got for Review

Bad Influence (Bad Bachelors #3) by Stefanie London
Ayesha at Last by Uzma Jalaluddin

What Made Me Laugh

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


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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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