Source: NetGalley

The Weekly Recap (126)

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

Happy Monday, everybody!

I know that I haven’t been around for a while and I could say that I’ve been super busy with a bunch of work stuff and family stuff because things have been pretty crazy on both fronts but really, I’ve just been in a funk. I haven’t been in the mood to write up posts, I’m reading but my heart’s not in it and I think a lot of it has to do with the way that my friend was let go at work. The whole thing just kicked me in the gut and I haven’t (along with all of my other coworkers) gotten over it. We’re having a farewell dinner for our friend and I feel a little bad about not inviting my boss but well, thems the breaks. Nobody wants to spend any personal time with upper management right now.

I’ve also been pretty busy getting ready for my trip back to Utah for Chance’s graduation and Caiden’s birthday party. I’ve been helping Chloe (Caiden’s Mom) plan things out, ordering things that I want to include for the party like an Incredibles Sign that is all about Caiden, his birthday invitations, stuff like that and I’m having a lot of fun with that.

I’m hoping that this post will kick off my coming back from my blogging slump but…we’ll see. Also, before I jump into my week in books portion of this post…

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO MY OLDEST AND BESTEST FRIEND, THERESA!

I can’t wait to celebrate with you and the rest of our squad on Thursday. I hope you have the best day today, Therese!

Now, onto the books…

What I’m Currently Reading
The Weekly Recap (126)Fumbled by Alexa Martin
Series: The Playbook #2
Published by Penguin, Berkley on April 23, 2019
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Point of View: First Person
Pages: 336
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley
Add It: Goodreads
Reading Challenges: 2019 GoodReads Challenge, 2019 New to Me Challenge

A second chance doesn't guarantee a touchdown in this new contemporary romance from the author of Intercepted.

Single-mother Poppy Patterson moved across the country when she was sixteen and pregnant to find a new normal. After years of hard work, she's built a life she loves. It may include a job at a nightclub, weekend soccer games, and more stretch marks than she anticipated, but it's all hers, and nobody can take that away. Well, except for one person.

TK Moore, the starting wide receiver for the Denver Mustangs, dreamt his entire life about being in the NFL. His world is football, parties, and women. Maybe at one point he thought his future would play out with his high school sweetheart by his side, but Poppy is long gone and he's moved on.

When Poppy and TK cross paths in the most unlikely of places, emotions they've suppressed for years come rushing back. But with all the secrets they never told each other lying between them, they'll need more than a dating playbook to help them navigate their relationship.

I’m making slow but sure progress on my review pile for April and I’m hoping to really catch up this week so that I can start on my buddy reads. Wish me luck. So far, this book has been great. Alexa Martin is a new to me author and I’m really enjoying her writing style and this book. Poppy is a fantastic mother and reminds me of myself with Brenna so I’m a happy camper with this one. I’m almost done too.

What I Read

The Right Swipe (Modern Dating #1) by Alisha Rai (eARC) | 3.5 out of 5
You’d be Mine by Erin Hahn (eARC) | 4 out of 5
When We Left Cuba by Chanel Cleeton (eARC) | 4.25 out of 5
Extra Credit (Ivy Years) by Sarina Bowen (Kindle Unlimited) | 4.25 out of 5
The Year We Hid Away (Ivy Years #3) by Sarina Bowen (Kindle Unlimited) | 4.5 out of 5
The Key to Happily Ever After by Tif Marcelo (eARC) | 4 out of 5

What I Reviewed

Getting Lucky Number Seven (Taking Shots #1) by Cindi Madsen | 4 out of 5
Magic Bites (Kate Daniels #1) by Ilona Andrews | 3 out of 5
The Dating Game by Kiley Roache | 3 out of 5
Eye on Me by Rachel Harris | 4 out of 5
Team Player by Julianna Keyes | 4 out of 5

What I Posted

The Weekly Recap (125)

What I Got

Thirsty (Eastside Brewery #1) by Mia Hopkins (eBook)
Rafe (Loose Ends #1) by Rebekah Weatherspoon (eBook)
Hook Shot (Hoops #3) by Kennedy Ryan (Kindle Unlimited)
Extra Credit (Ivy Years) by Sarina Bowen (Kindle Unlimited)
The Year We Hid Away (Ivy Years #2) by Sarina Bowen (Kindle Unlimited)
The Understatement of the Year (Ivy Years #3) by Sarina Bowen (Kindle Unlimited)
The Shameless Hour (Ivy Years #4) by Sarina Bowen (Kindle Unlimited)
The Fifteenth Hour (Ivy Years #5) by Sarina Bowen (Kindle Unlimited)

What I Got for Review

The Rest of the Story by Sarah Dessen
One Fine Duke (School for Dukes #3) by Lenora Bell
Storm Cursed (Mercy Thompson #11) by Patricia Briggs
The Duchess in His Bed (Sins for All Seasons #4) by Lorraine Heath

What Made Me Laugh

All the damn time.

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

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The Weekly Recap (125)

Posted March 18, 2019 by Rowena in Books, Features | 10 Comments

I’m in Utah, y’all!!

I’m spending this week taking care of this little one so that his parents can work and still be with him on his birthday this coming Thursday. Can you believe little Caiden will be turning 2 this week? I can’t. I remember when he was born and then when he was a baby. Compared to how skinny he is now, he was such a chunky baby. Still super adorable but chunky too.

It’s been a pretty eventful week for me at work. I’ve spent a lot of time trying to wrap weekly stuff up so that my backup and boss don’t have to deal with any of that stuff this week while I’m out.

Meghan is completely done with basketball now. Meghan lost her game at Nationals last week so they were knocked out and in her conference, only one team remains this week. Good luck to Masters University!

Bren and Ken had their Sophomore Showcase this past Friday that Delene drove them to and they said they had fun, and the rest is up to the coaches that were there to see them. I wonder why the showcase was so early since a bunch of NAIA teams were at Nationals and didn’t have anyone out at the showcase to see these girls. That was kind of dumb but whatever. Bren and Ken are the most excited about getting their nails done finally. They haven’t been able to get their nails done since they kept breaking during basketball but nothing is holding them back now. Haha.

Now, onto the books…

What I’m Currently Reading
The Weekly Recap (125)When We Left Cuba by Chanel Cleeton
Published by Penguin, Berkley on April 9, 2019
Genres: Historical, Romance
Point of View: Alternating Third Person
Pages: 368
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley
Add It: Goodreads
Reading Challenges: 2019 GoodReads Challenge

In 1960s Florida, a young Cuban exile will risk her life--and heart--to take back her country in this exhilarating historical novel from the author of Next Year in Havana, a Reese Witherspoon Book Club pick.

Beautiful. Daring. Deadly.

The Cuban Revolution took everything from sugar heiress Beatriz Perez--her family, her people, her country. Recruited by the CIA to infiltrate Fidel Castro's inner circle and pulled into the dangerous world of espionage, Beatriz is consumed by her quest for revenge and her desire to reclaim the life she lost.

As the Cold War swells like a hurricane over the shores of the Florida Strait, Beatriz is caught between the clash of Cuban American politics and the perils of a forbidden affair with a powerful man driven by ambitions of his own. When the ever-changing tides of history threaten everything she has fought for, she must make a choice between her past and future--but the wrong move could cost Beatriz everything--not just the island she loves, but also the man who has stolen her heart...

I finished Next Year in Havanah by Chanel Cleeton last night so I’m going to start this book today. I’ve got a lot on my plate today so I’m hoping to start this one tonight when I’m off babysitting duty and have some time to myself. Wish me luck since I can’t wait to start Beatriz’s book!

What I Read

Magic Bites (Kate Daniels #1) by Ilona Andrews | 3 out of 5
Getting Lucky Number Seven (Taking Shots #1) by Cindi Madsen | 4 out of 5
Anatomy of a Player (Taking Shots #2) by Cindi Madsen | 3 out of 5
Next Year in Havanah by Chanel Cleeton | 4.25 out of 5

My favorite read of the week goes to Next Year in Havana by Chanel Cleeton. That ended up being a super good story and I enjoyed pretty much all parts of it. I’ll be buddy reviewing it with Ames so stay tuned for that.

Magic Bites and Anatomy of a Player were both slow starts and I did like them, I just liked them least of the books read. I am looking forward to reading the next books in both series so that’s something.

What I Reviewed

Bad Reputation (Bad Bachelors #1) by Stefanie London | 1 out of 5
Overnight Sensation (Brooklyn Bruisers #5) by Sarina Bowen | 4.5 out of 5

What I Posted

The Weekly Recap (124)
The Wednesday Post (9)

What I Got

Nothing this week. Lots of other stuff going on. Maybe this week…

What I Got for Review

Nothing this week.

What Made Me Laugh

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

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The Wednesday Post (9)

Posted March 13, 2019 by Rowena in Books, Features | 4 Comments

Can’t Wait Wednesday is hosted by Tessa over at Wishful Endings and it was based on Waiting on Wednesday that was hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine. WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme that is hosted by Sam at Taking on a World of Words.

I decided that I’m going to do a mashup of the Can’t Wait Wednesday and WWW Wednesday posts here on my blog. I’m bringing them together and calling it The Wednesday Post. Here’s what I’m up to this week.

WWW Wednesday

What did you recently finish reading?

Repeat by Kylie Scott

My friend Holly really enjoyed listening to this book and recommended it to me so I finally listened to it and while I liked it, I didn’t love it as much as Holly did. I did really enjoy Clem’s journey to finding out who she used to be and who she wanted to be now. They were two totally different people and I liked who Clem was now. The romance between her and Ed was cute but not the highlight of the story for me.

What are you currently reading?

Magic Bites (Kate Daniels #1) by Ilona Andrews

I’m on Day 5 of reading this book and I’m barely halfway through. I’ve been hearing such great things about this series but holy shit is this book slow af. I’ve got my fingers crossed that something finally happens because I need to finish this damn book already.

What do you think you’ll read next?

Next Year in Havana by Chanel Cleeton

I’m going to jump into this book because I’m reading it with Ames and it’ll be our next buddy review. I’m pretty anxious to read it since it’s been getting rave reviews everywhere. Woot!

Can’t Wait Wednesday
The Wednesday Post (9)Natalie Tan's Book of Luck and Fortune by Roselle Lim
Published by Penguin, Berkley on June 11, 2019
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 320
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley
Add It: Goodreads

Lush and visual, chock-full of delicious recipes, Roselle Lim's magical debut novel is about food, heritage, and finding family in the most unexpected places.

At the news of her mother's death, Natalie Tan returns home. The two women hadn't spoken since Natalie left in anger seven years ago, when her mother refused to support her chosen career as a chef. Natalie is shocked to discover the vibrant neighborhood of San Francisco's Chinatown that she remembers from her childhood is fading, with businesses failing and families moving out. She's even more surprised to learn she has inherited her grandmother's restaurant.

The neighborhood seer reads the restaurant's fortune in the leaves: Natalie must cook three recipes from her grandmother's cookbook to aid her struggling neighbors before the restaurant will succeed. Unfortunately, Natalie has no desire to help them try to turn things around--she resents the local shopkeepers for leaving her alone to take care of her agoraphobic mother when she was growing up. But with the support of a surprising new friend and a budding romance, Natalie starts to realize that maybe her neighbors really have been there for her all along.

"Vivid and lyrical with a touch of magic."--Helen Hoang, author of The Kiss Quotient

This week, I’m looking forward to this book. I’m really digging the Asian romances right now because my Polynesian ass relates to a lot of the cultural stuff that’s in them and I’m just over here, hoping and praying that one of my favorite authors writes a romance for a Samoan character…

So, what are you reading this week? Anything good? Anything that you want to rant about?
Are you looking forward to Natalie Tan’s Book of Fortune and Luck? What other books are you looking forward to releasing this year?

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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
Add It: Goodreads
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 Wednesday Post (6)

Posted February 6, 2019 by Rowena in Books, Features | 10 Comments

So I’ve been playing around with things that I want to do on this blog and I’ve been wanting to do a mid-week check in so that I can chat about the books that I’m reading that week. What’s working for me and what’s not but I also want to keep a running list of books that I cannot wait to get my greedy little hands on. I decided that I’m going to do a mashup of the Can’t Wait Wednesday and WWW Wednesday posts here on my blog.

Can’t Wait Wednesday is hosted by Tessa over at Wishful Endings and it was based on Waiting on Wednesday that was hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine. WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme that is hosted by Sam at Taking on a World of Words.

WWW Wednesday

What did you recently finish reading?

Devil’s Daughter (The Ravenels #5) by Lisa Kleypas

I zipped right through this book. It was just as good as I hoped it would be and West? West was freaking everything. The ending felt a bit rushed but I enjoyed the rest of the book so much that I didn’t even care. Oh goodness, this book was sooo good.

What are you currently reading?

The Risk (Briar U #2) by Elle Kennedy

This book showed up on my kindle last night as I was finishing up Devil’s Daughter so of course I immediately started reading it once I was done. It’s Jake and Brenna!!

What do you think you’ll read next?

The Assist (Smart Jocks #1) by Rebecca Jenshak

I need to get this one read pronto so that I can work on my buddy review for this one with Ames. I’m a sucker for a sports romance and a basketball romance? Yes, please!

Can’t Wait Wednesday
The Wednesday Post (6)One Fine Duke by Lenora Bell
Series: School for Dukes #3
Published by Harper Collins, Avon on July 23, 2019
Genres: Historical, Romance
Point of View: Alternating Third Person
Pages: 384
Format: eARC
Source: Edelweiss
Add It: Goodreads

The third book in USA Today bestselling author Lenora Bell's sexy School for Dukes series is a Dracula-Northanger Abbey mash-up, with a dash of James Bond's Miss Moneypenny.

Ready.

Raised in the countryside by her overprotective uncle, Miss Mina Penny's dream of a triumphant London season is finally here. She determined her perfect match long ago: Rafe Bentley, the wickedest rake of them all. There's only one very large, very unyielding obstacle: Rafe's brother Andrew, the reclusive Duke of Thorndale.

Aim.

This was supposed to be simple. Duke goes to London. Duke selects suitable bride. Love match? Not a chance. But when Andrew meets Mina, she complicates everything. How can a lady armed with such beauty and brains fall for his irresponsible degenerate of a brother? Andrew vows to save her from heartbreak and ruin, no matter the cost.

Desire!

But Mina is no damsel in distress. She's daring, intuitive, passionate...and halfway to melting Andrew's cold heart. And although Mina thought she knew exactly what she wanted, one breathtakingly seductive kiss from Andrew changes everything. Now Mina must decide between long-held dreams and dangerous new desires. Could her true destiny lie in the arms of a duke?

I just read two fantastic historicals in the last week so I’ve got historicals on my mind. This one sounds like a good one and I’m really enjoying this series so I’m very much looking forward to Mina’s story.

So, what are you reading this week? Anything good? Anything that you want to rant about?
Are you looking forward to One Fine Duke? What other books are you looking forward to releasing this year?

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