Source: Bought

My Life in Books

Posted April 17, 2018 by Rowena in Miscellaneous | 1 Comment

I keep meaning to do a bunch of these book tags but never get around to it but when I saw this particular book tag on Grace’s blog, I wanted to give it a go and so I did.

1. Find a book for each of your initials.

Runaway Groom by Lauren Layne
Naughty Boss by Whitney G.
Wildfire by Ilona Andrews

2. Count your age along your bookshelf – which book is it?

Suddenly You by Lisa Kleypas

Holy cow, I was scrolling for a long time to get to this title on my kindle. Being in your thirties is the pits. Haha. But I do love this book.

3. Pick a book set in your city/country.

Just the Sexiest Man Alive by Julie James

I live in Torrance, California but it was hard to find a book set here that I’d actually read so since Torrance is in L.A. County, I went for a book set in L.A. and Just the Sexiest Man Alive is one of, if not, my favorite books set in Los Angeles. Jason and Taylor are freaking great!

4. Pick a book that represents a destination you would love to travel to.

Powerful Greek, Unwordly Wife by Sarah Morgan

I’ve never been to Greece before and I really want to go. I’d love to eat authentic Meditteranean food. I’d also like to go to eat fish and chips in England, pizza in Italy, croissants in France and visit all of those other European countries.

5. Pick a book that’s your favorite color.

What Happens in London by Julia Quinn

My favorite color is red and off the top of my head, this cover came to mind when I thought of red book covers. I so love this book.

6. Which book do you have the fondest memories of?

The Year We Hid Away by Sarina Bowen

I have the fondest of memories from this book. The satisfaction I got from reading through to the end, seeing how Bridger and Scarlett’s journey came to an end?? I freaking loved it. This book broke my heart but that ending was so satisfying that whenever I see this book out in the wild, I smile because Bridger, man. I love that guy.

7. Which book did you have the most difficulty reading?

If You Don’t Have Anything Nice to Say by Leila Sales

I had to keep putting this book down because I wanted to punch someone the further I got into the story. I kept reading because I had to know how all of this ended. I needed to know if the main character finally learns her lesson and ugh…the ending pissed me off so much. I’ll be reviewing that book this week on the blog so prepare yourselves for a very long rant.

8. Which book in your TBR pile will give you the biggest sense of accomplishment if you finish it?

Magic Triumph by Ilona Andrews

Probably this book because I haven’t read the first book in this series yet and I’m determined to read this entire series this year. It’s going to be a long journey but I’m here for it. Wish me luck.

Well, that was fun. Hope you guys enjoyed it as much as I enjoyed putting it together.


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Week in Review (86)

Posted April 16, 2018 by Rowena in Features | 5 Comments

This past week has been a really quiet one for me. I’ve stuck close to home and caught up on cleaning my room, watching my Dodgers stink it up to start the season, watching my Lakers end their season on a bright note even though we didn’t make the playoffs and I’ve also had to deal with watching my Kings lose game after game after game in the first rounds of playoffs while listening to my sister cheer her Golden Knights on (they’re the ones beating the Kings).

So this has been me most of the week…

Now, onto the books…

What I’m Currently Reading

Week in Review (86)Dragon Actually by G.A. Aiken
Series: Dragon Kin #1
Published by Kensington, Zebra on August 26, 2008
Genres: Paranormal, Romance
Pages: 544
Format: eBook
Source: Bought
Goodreads

It's not always easy being a female warrior with a nickname like Annwyl the Bloody. Men tend to either cower in fear - a lot - or else salute. It's true that Annwyl has a knack for decapitating legions of her ruthless brother's soldiers without pausing for breath. But just once it would be nice to be able to really talk to a man, the way, she can talk to Fearghus the Destroyer.

Too bad that Fearghus is a dragon, of the large, scaly and deadly type. With him, Annwyl feels safe - a far cry from the feelings aroused by the hard-bodied, arrogant knight Fearghus has arranged to help train her for battle. With her days spent fighting a man who fill her with fierce, heady desire, and her nights spent in the company of a magical creature who could smite a village just by exhaling, Annwyl is sure life couldn't get any stranger. She's wrong...

I’m finishing up this book and normally, I don’t read loads of paranormals but I’m really enjoying this one. Annwyl and Fearghus are a great couple and the drama surrounding them is interesting. I’m super glad that my book club chose this book to discuss because we’ve been reading historical romances non-stop and this is a nice change from the norm. I’m also mighty curious about the other dragons in Fearghus’ family.

What I Read

If You Don’t Have Anything Nice to Say by Leila Sales | 1 out of 5
The Hookup by Erin McCarthy | 4 out of 5

What I Reviewed

On the Edge by Ilona Andrews
What a Difference a Duke Makes by Lenora Bell
West Coast Love by Tif Marcelo
Suddenly Forbidden by Ella Fields

Forever My Girl (2018)

What I Posted

Week in Review (85)

What I Got for Review

Wicked and the Wallflower by Sarah MacLean
A Duke by Default by Alyssa Cole

What I Watched on TV

The Good Doctor: I wasn’t really interested in watching this show when it first came out but I’ve heard good things and was in the mood for something new so I started this show on a whim. I’m super glad that I did because it’s a good show. I have such a soft spot for Dr. Shaun Murphy and the biggest crush on Dr. Neil Melendez. I’ve laughed, I’ve cried and happily sighed while watching this show so it hits all of my happy buttons so I’ll definitely continue to tune in.

Suits: My Darvey ship is finally sailing you guys! Donna kissed Harvey to end the first half of the seventh season and it’s back and they’re dealing with the aftermath. Harvey is pissed at Donna for making him the kind of man he never wanted to be while dealing with how much that kiss affected him. Donna is pretending that she wasn’t affected by that kiss too and Mike and Rachel are still adorable together. Louis is trying to figure things out with Sheila and I am so here for all of this. Things are heating up and yessssss….I love it!

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


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Book Review: Jockblocked by Jen Frederick

Posted April 4, 2018 by Rowena in Reviews | 6 Comments

Book Review: Jockblocked by Jen FrederickJockblocked by Jen Frederick
Series: Gridiron #2
Published by Jen Frederick on February 11th 2016
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
Pages: 496
Format: eBook
Source: Bought
Amazon|Barnes & Noble
Goodreads
four-half-stars

She’s always played it safe…

College junior Lucy Washington abides by one rule—avoid risk at all costs. She’s cautious in every aspect of her life, from her health, to her mock trial team, to the boring guys she dates. When a brash, gorgeous jock walks into the campus coffee shop and turns his flirt on, Lucy is stunned by the force of attraction. For the first time ever, she’s willing to step out of her comfort zone, but can she really trust the guy who’s determined to sweep her off her feet?

He’s always played around…

Entering his last year of college eligibility, linebacker Matthew "Matty" Iverson has the team captaincy in his sights. And it’s his for the taking, if he can convince his quarterback Ace Anderson to give up the starting position. Luckily, Matty already has an edge—the hottie he’s lusting over just happens to be Ace’s childhood best friend. Getting Lucy on his side and in his bed? Hell yeah. Matty is more than confident he can have both, but when he falls hard for Lucy, it’s time for a new game plan: convince the woman of his dreams that she’s not sleeping with the enemy.

It’s been ages since I’ve read this book but it was our book club book of the month for March, so I dug it out and read all about Matty Iverson falling in love with Lucy Washington again. I loved my re-read of this book. It was like coming home after a long day at work. I really enjoyed the chemistry, the romance and the dialogue between Matty and Luce.

So, Matty Iverson is about to be a senior in college and he’s low key over the party scene. He just won the national championship and like a champ does, he parties like there’s no tomorrow to celebrate his team’s achievement with his team and things get a lot out of hand. He’s all partied out and hooking up with random strangers all the time is getting old so instead of continuing the party, he starts hanging out by himself and hitting the books. He meets Lucy Washington and when she rejects him, he’s thrown for a loop. Matty doesn’t get rejected but there’s a first time for everything and it figures that the girl that finally interests him doesn’t return the interest.

Matty turns up the charm as he tries to get Lucy to go out with him. Lucy isn’t having it. She made a promise to her best friend J.R. “Ace” Anderson that she would steer clear of his football teammates and he promised to steer clear of all of her friends. Matty is persistent and Lucy is starting to cave because Matty is starting to show signs that he is a lot more than the person she thought he was and she likes who she is getting to know.

The romance between Matty and Lucy was a fun one. I loved seeing them flirt with each other, wear each other down and then come together like a giant ball of lust. They were such a fun couple and I loved how protective Matty was over Lucy and I loved how loyal Lucy was even when she was stuck in between Matt and Ace. There was a lot going on in this book and I loved being a part of all of it. Matt and Lucy were fun, Hammer, Sutton and Charity and the rest of the guys on the football team, they were all great.

The diabetic stuff with Lucy rang true and got the approval from my book club. There are a few diabetics in our club and they were impressed with the author’s knowledge and the way that it’s treated in the story. It was a part of Lucy’s life, the same way that it’s a part of theirs. It’s not entirely who they are but it’s a big part of their lives and they all thought that Frederick handled it all quite nicely.

Matt was our favorite thing about the book. He was a good, solid hero who wasn’t perfect and didn’t try to be. He was in love and let himself be in love. We connected with him as a person and with the stuff he was dealing with. Between the captaincy, the whole drama with Ace and then his budding relationship with Lucy, the way that he was with everyone completely won us over.

Lucy was strong and she was fun but most importantly, she was normal. Everyone would be able to see a little bit of themselves in Lucy and the way that she was in all aspects of her life was a lot of fun to read because she was complicated but she was real.

I can’t say enough good things about this book except Ace. Ace was such a shitty person. A shitty friend. A shitty teammate and we took a vote at book club and not a lot of people are interested in reading Ace’s book, haha. Poor guy. But this book? It gets a high recommendation from me because I loved the book, the characters, this world and the romance. You won’t be sorry if you pick this one up. It’s a damn good book.

Gridiron Series

Rating

4.75 out of 5

four-half-stars


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