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Week in Review (85)

Posted April 9, 2018 by Rowena in Books, Features | 4 Comments

This was our first week without Caiden and we’ve all been a little down because we miss the little guy but he’s happy to be reunited with his parents, his Mom especially so I’m glad for him. With him gone, I’ve been keeping myself busy with books, TV and movies.

Over the weekend, my brother, sister in law and I took Meghan out for a belated 21st birthday celebration and we got Meghan pretty wasted. She was hurting the next day which made me laugh. Good time though.

Now, onto the books…

What I’m Currently Reading

Week in Review (85)If You Don't Have Anything Nice to Say by Leila Sales
Published by Macmillan on May 1, 2018
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
Pages: 288
Format: eARC
Source: Publisher, NetGalley
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’m determined to finish this book and then move on to the other books that I must read in the next week or so. Wish me luck.

What I Read

Nothing. I went an entire week without finishing anything. I read a few chapters of If You Don’t Have Anything Nice to Say by Leila Sales but that’s about it. I wasn’t in the mood to read. It wasn’t the book but seriously, an entire week of not finishing at least one book? Send help!

What I Reviewed

In Skates Trouble (Chicago Rebels #0.5) by Kate Meader | 3 out of 5
Hello Stranger (Ravenels #4) by Lisa Kleypas | 4.25 out of 5
JockBlocked (Gridiron #2) by Jen Frederick | 4.75 out of 5

Iron Man (2008) | 4 out of 5

What I Posted

Week in Review (84)
Monthly Recap: March 2018

What I Watched on TV

For the People: This show is really shaping up to get a regular spot on my weekly TV watchlist. I’m really connecting with all of the lawyers (which is no easy feat considering how different each lawyer is) but my least favorite of the lawyers was up front and center this week and Seth really surprised me. I didn’t think he had it in him to keep me interested and while he did annoy me, he also won me over in the end and I’m glad. This show is so good. I’m crossing my fingers that this show doesn’t lose me the way that Scandal and How to Get Away with Murder did.

Chicago P.D.: I’m all caught up on this show and I’m still on the fence about continuing it or not. Right now, I’m only watching it for Jay Halstead, out of loyalty but I don’t know, I’m just not as into it as I used to be and I’m over Lindsay leaving the show. I actually like the girl that replaced her but everyone else? Meh.

Splitting Up Together: There are only two episodes of this show out right now and I watched them both. Enjoyed them both, too. I love Pam from The Office so I’ll watch her in whatever she’s in and I’m not at all mad that I started this one. It’s sweet. It’s funny and the cast is great. I’m all in.

Legion: My co-worker was talking about how much she’s enjoying this show and so I started it on a whim and I’m hooked. I’ll definitely be binge-watching this show for the next little while.

What I Watched in Movies


Thor Ragnarok (2017) | 4.5 out of 5
Triple 9 (2016) | 3.5 out of 5
Special Forces (2011) | DNF
The Titan (2018) | 2.5 out of 5
Amateur (2018) | 2.5 out of 5
Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014) | 5 out of 5
The Avengers: Age of Ulton (2015) | 4.25 out of 5
Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) | 4 out of 5

What I Got

After Hello by Mhairi McFarlane
Long Shot (Hoops #1) by Kennedy Ryan
My Way Back to You (Second Chances Duet #2) by Claire Contreras
The Swedish Prince by Karina Halle

What I Got for Review

More than Words by Mia Sheridan
Regrets Only by Erin Duffy

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


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Week in Review (83)

Posted March 26, 2018 by Rowena in Books, Features | 6 Comments

This past week was for celebrating Baby Caiden turning 1! He was supposed to spend the day at Disneyland but with the unusual rainy days here in Southern California, that trip got postponed until this past Saturday. We ended up celebrating his actual birthday at Chuck E. Cheeses. The kids had a great time and it was good to catch up over salad and pizza with my siblings so all in all, it was a fun.

The only downer was we forgot to FaceTime with Caiden’s parents in Samoa when we sang Happy Birthday to him and his Mom wasn’t too happy with us, oops.

The rest of the week was pretty chill. We didn’t do much, stayed close to home with all the rain and I haven’t been in the mood to go out so I’ve been hanging with Caiden, reading some books and watching tv and movies.

Now, onto the books…

What I’m Currently Reading

Find the Author: Goodreads
Week in Review (83)The Love Coupon by Ainslie Paton
Series: Stubborn Hearts #2
Published by Harlequin, Carina Press on April 9th 2018
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 264
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley, Publisher
Amazon|Barnes & Noble
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Can you fall in love if you have the right coupon?

Tom O’Connell had a problem. His temporary roommate, Flick Dalgetty was noisy, messy, made of bees and had enough energy to power an amusement park. The problem was he shouldn’t have kissed her.

Flick Dalgetty had a problem. Her landlord, Tom O’Connell was made of granite. He was a big, repressed anti-social ogre, but the man knew how to kiss. The problem was he felt guilty about hooking up and she wanted more.

Until Flick’s gift of thirty coupons, each entitling Tom to one guilt and obligation free activity, from bowling and bubble bathing to morning delight and lingerie buying, removed all the guesswork of being incompatible partners and temporary roommates.

Now the only problem was Flick had to leave and Tom needed to stay and they might be falling in love—and there wasn’t a coupon for that.

Love can be a sexy game until it becomes the only one your stubborn heart wants to play.

I’m taking a break from Ilona Andrews because I need to. I have fallen behind on my review pile (though not far behind) and I need to catch up so I’ve taken every IA book off my kindle for now so I don’t tempt myself to get lost in more books. The first book that I’ve picked up from my review pile? The Love Coupon. I’ve been hearing some good things about this book and this author and this series so I’m curious enough to try it out for myself. I haven’t gotten very far into the book so I don’t really think anything of it at the moment but I’m sure that I’ll enjoy it.

What I Read

Bayou Moon by Ilona Andrews | 4.25 out of 5
Jockblocked by Jen Frederick | 4.75 out of 5

I only read two books but both books were fantastic reads (and re-reads) and I’m stoked for the new week of reads so woot!

What I Reviewed

The Wedding Date by Jasmine Guillory | 2 out of 5
So Over You by Kate Meader | 4.25 out of 5

What I Posted

My Marvel Movies Project of 2018
Monthly Recap: February 2018
Sunday Spotlight: What a Difference a Duke Makes by Lenora Bell

What I Got

The Coaching Hours by Sara Ney
Suddenly Forbidden by Ella Fields

What I Got for Review

The Fragile Ordinary by Samantha Young
One Small Thing by Erin Watt
When a Duke Loves a Woman by Lorraine Heath
I Flipping Love You by Helena Hunting

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


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Week in Review (77)

Posted January 29, 2018 by Rowena in Books, Features | 0 Comments

This week was pretty relaxing but instead of reading a lot of books, I watched a lot of shows. I also drove out to Santa Barbara with my sisters to watch my niece and her team take on a good friend of ours from our club basketball days and her team.

Meghan’s team got smashed and Lauren had a great game. Poor Vanguard. Poor Meghan. At least, she got a home cooked meal delivered to her dorm room the next day. Better luck next time, Meg!

Now, onto the books…

What I’m Currently Reading

Week in Review (77)Shot on Gold by Jaci Burton
Series: Play by Play #14
Published by Penguin, Berkley on February 13th 2018
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley, Publisher
Add It: Goodreads

In the new Play-by-Play novel by the New York Times bestselling author of The Final Score, opposites attract when a figure skater and hockey player lace up their skates--and go for the gold...

Will "Mad Dog" Madigan is making his second trip to the Winter Games, and he couldn't be happier. Hockey is his life and playing for the U.S. team is a privilege. Then he meets U.S. figure skater Amber Sloane. She's beautiful, ambitious and driven--everything Will desires in a woman. He would love to show Amber how hot life off the ice can be.

Amber has skated her entire life, sacrificing everything in the hopes of one day winning gold. Now she's competing for the third and final time. She intends to win, and nothing's going to get in her way--until she meets Will. He's an irresistible charmer, and before long Amber is wondering if this sexy hockey player is the perfect guy to show her some moves outside the rink.

But after all the medals have been awarded, Will and Amber will have to decide if what they have together is just a fling or a real shot at true love.

I’m looking forward to digging into this book and continuing this series. I hope it’s as good as the last couple of books that I enjoyed from this series. Fingers crossed.

What I Read

Man Hands (Man Hands #1) by Sarina Bowen & Tanya Tby | DNF
Brooklynaire (Brooklyn Bruisers #4) by Sarina Bowen | 4.75 out of 5

My favorite read of the week goes to Brooklynaire because that was a damn good romance. It was everything that I hoped it would be and Nate was the hero that I wanted him to be just as Becca was as great as I expected. I love the hell out of this series and this book held up that love. I hope that there will be more books for this series. I never want it to end.

On the other hand, I tried to get into Man Hands without much success. I couldn’t get into it so after about a third of the book in, I called it quits. I wasn’t a fan of…anything really. The heroine cried too much, the other characters were just meh and I wasn’t all that interested in continuing so I quit. Can’t win them all, I guess.

What I Reviewed

About that Kiss by Jill Shalvis | 4 out of 5

What I Posted

Week in Review (76)
Throwback Thursday (27)
Book Boyfriend of the week: Mick Trewlove

What I Got

Nothing new this week. Need to focus on my review pile for the next little while.

What I Got for Review

Brooklynaire (Brooklyn Bruisers #4) by Sarina Bowen
The Other Side of Lost by Jessi Kirby

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


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