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Review: Speakeasy by Sarina Bowen

Posted June 29, 2018 by Rowena in Reviews | 2 Comments

Review: Speakeasy by Sarina BowenSpeakeasy
by Sarina Bowen
Series: True North #5
Published by Indie Published, Tuxbury Publishing LLC on May 29, 2018
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 452
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
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Sometimes you fall for Mr. Right. And sometimes for Mr. Right Now…


Did you hear the one about the girl who walks into a bar and catches her live-in lover kissing someone else? No? You’re the only one in town who missed it. Luckily Alec is there to wrap me up in strong arms and carry me out the door before things get too ugly. And that’s not all Alec is good at. Our unexpected chemistry makes him the perfect rebound guy.


I should know better than to hook up with my rival’s little sister, but the fiery look in May’s eyes really turns my crank. She needs cheering up, and I’m just the guy for the job. It’s not like I’ll fall in love. Not even after a string of scorching hot trysts, and the realization that we’re good at the same things: wild nights and familial disappointment. I don’t do love, never have, never will. So this is the perfect arrangement, for both of us. Nobody would approve, but nobody has to know…

Speakeasy is the fifth book in Sarina Bowen’s True North series and it features Alec Rossi and one of my favorite characters in the entire series, May Shipley. Sarina Bowen really hits it out of the park for me with this book. I really enjoyed both Alec and May and seeing them come together in love. It wasn’t an easy road but together, their journey was sweet and I just ate it all up.

My book boyfriend for this week is Alec Rossi. I went into his book thinking that I wasn’t going to be too enthused about his character because I wasn’t a big fan of his in the earlier books but boy did he knock me on my ass.

Early reviews of the book didn’t shine Alec is the best light, a lot of people were underwhelmed about his character and his growth over the course of the story but I’m happy to report that I love Alec enough for all of those that didn’t love him. I thought he showed tremendous growth in the book and he really comes into his own because not only did he stop being stubborn where his Uncle was concerned, he came to realize that he couldn’t do everything without some help and I was glad that he could stop hating Griffin enough to team up to create something special.

I also loved seeing him fall in love with May. May has always been pretty special to me so seeing that she finally had someone in her corner who loved her for who she was and not who they wanted her to be was pretty great. I love how he wanted to be her champion and show everyone that May is grown and she’s strong. Gah, I just loved him to pieces.

Here’s who I pictured as Alec…

What a freaking dreamboat!

Final Grade

4.5 out of 5

True North Series


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Book Boyfriend of the Week: Connor “Mad” Rogan

Posted March 9, 2018 by Rowena in Features | 4 Comments

This week’s book boyfriend is someone that is responsible for the reading hangover that I’ve been in since Monday of this week. I have not been able to move on from his set of books and it’s all because I love the hell out him and his heroine and the world that was created for them to live in.

Mad Rogan is the hero in the Hidden Legacy series by Ilona Andrews and he’s a complete dreamboat. He’s an asshole but he’s an asshole that lives by a code and the more I got to know him, the more I fell in love with him.

Book Boyfriend of the Week: Connor “Mad” RoganBurn for Me
by Ilona Andrews
Series: Hidden Legacy #1
Also in this series: Burn for Me
Published by Harper Collins, Avon on October 28th 2014
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Pages: 400
Format: eBook
Source: Gifted
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#1 New York Times bestselling author Ilona Andrews launches a brand new Hidden Legacy series, in which one woman must place her trust in a seductive, dangerous man who sets off an even more dangerous desire…

Nevada Baylor is faced with the most challenging case of her detective career—a suicide mission to bring in a suspect in a volatile case. Nevada isn’t sure she has the chops. Her quarry is a Prime, the highest rank of magic user, who can set anyone and anything on fire.

Then she’s kidnapped by Connor “Mad” Rogan—a darkly tempting billionaire with equally devastating powers. Torn between wanting to run or surrender to their overwhelming attraction, Nevada must join forces with Rogan to stay alive.

Rogan’s after the same target, so he needs Nevada. But she’s getting under his skin, making him care about someone other than himself for a change. And, as Rogan has learned, love can be as perilous as death, especially in the magic world.

Connor “Mad” Rogan is a Prime Telekinetic. He’s a magic powerhouse who can level cities and has leveled cities while working for the US Army. He’s mostly known for the destruction he brought upon Mexico and he’s known the world over for what he has and can do with his magic. He’s a bad ass who is deadly but what I loved about him was that he was also pretty normal and could definitely make fun of himself.

“Yes, I’m a hermit. Mostly I brood,” Mad Rogan said. “Also, I’m very good at wallowing in self-pity. I spend my days steeped in melancholy, looking out the window. Occasionally a single tear quietly rolls down my cheek.”

As deadly as Connor was, he was also the biggest flirt whenever Nevada Baylor was around and I freaking loved it.

“He glanced at me, his eyes dark. “Would you rather talk about your dream?”


“Considering that I was featured in it, I think I deserve to know the particulars. Were my clothes missing because we were in bed? Was I touching you?” He glanced at me. His voice could’ve melted the clothes off my body. “Were you touching me?”

Hahaha, what a great scene this was. And so was this next one.

“Did you send an escort with my family?”

“Yes. They’re a target.”

“How did you know they would be leaving?”

“My people saw them load up, called me, and I told them to follow.” Duh.

“Thank you.”

“You’re welcome. I plan to hold them hostage until you sleep with me.” I stumbled. He turned and gave me a brilliant, impossibly handsome smile. “Just kidding.”

Damn it.”

I swear there are so many reasons to love this guy and you should read the Hidden Legacy series to find out all of those reasons. This series rocked my socks. For real. This was me every time Rogan was on the scene.

Yep. That’s right.

Here’s what Mad Rogan looked like in my head.

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Burn for Me by Ilona Andrews
October 28, 2014
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Who are your book boyfriends for the week? Anyone I should meet?

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Book Boyfriend of the Week: Sean Evans

Posted March 2, 2018 by Rowena in Features | 4 Comments

This week’s book boyfriend is one that I met a few months ago (after being late to the Innkeeper Chronicles party). He was such a memorable character that I wanted more of him in the next books and boy was I not prepared for the more that we got.

Sean Evans is a fierce super soldier werewolf that meets and protects Dina Demille, the innkeeper for Gertrude Hunt, his next door neighbor. When we first meet him in Clean Sweep, he was such a smart ass, care free but super protective werewolf that peed on Dina’s apple trees and pissed her the hell off. They come a long way from that first meeting and man was I here for all of their shenanigans.

Book Boyfriend of the Week: Sean EvansOne Fell Sweep
by Ilona Andrews
Published by Ilona Andrews on December 20th 2016
Genres: Urban Fantasy, Romance
Pages: 340
Format: eBook
Source: Gifted
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Dina DeMille may run the nicest Bed and Breakfast in Red Deer, Texas, but she caters to a very particular kind of guest… the kind that no one on Earth is supposed to know about. Guests like a former intergalactic tyrant with an impressive bounty on her head, the Lord Marshal of a powerful vampire clan, and a displaced-and-superhot werewolf; so don’t stand too close, or you may be collateral damage.

But what passes for Dina’s normal life is about to be thrown into chaos. First, she must rescue her long-distant older sister, Maud, who’s been exiled with her family to a planet that functions as the most lawless penal colony since Botany Bay. Then she agrees to help a guest whose last chance at saving his civilization could bring death and disaster to all Dina holds dear. Now Gertrude Hunt is under siege by a clan of assassins. To keep her guests safe and to find her missing parents, Dina will risk everything, even if she has to pay the ultimate price. Though Sean may have something to say about that!!

Here are some of the reasons that I love Sean Evans. He was such a great love interest for Dina and seeing them both in action was so much fun.

When Dina tells that she can’t decommit from being an innkeeper and that if that isn’t what he wants, she can’t be with him…his response completely melted me.

“But would I get you, if I were an innkeeper?”

Gah. I love him.

Then when he tells his Mom about his girlfriend? So stinkin’ cute!

“Mom”, Sean said gently. “You’re not making a good first impression.”

“Sean William, let go of me this instant!”

“I can’t do that.”

She strained against him. The muscles on Sean’s arms stood out.

“That girl over there,” Sean said quietly. “That’s my girl. If she’s forced to bury you in the floor to hold you still, it will be awkward.”

And then….this. Just all of this. *swoon*

“About that sonnet,” he said.

“Yes?” It felt like my whole life depended on what he would say next.

“I love you.”

That was all I wanted to hear. I didn’t even know until now how much I wanted him to say these words to me. He’d said it before, when I was under, but it was different then. Now it was everything.

“I’ll never leave you,” Sean said. “If you want to stay an innkeeper, I will be one with you. If you want to do something else, I will do that with you. Whatever comes next, I’ll be there, because I want you more than anything I’ve ever wanted. That’s it. That’s all I’ve got.”

For most of this book, I looked like this because I just could not get enough of Mr. Sean Evans. The devotion he had for Dina is the stuff girls dream about and the lengths he went to protect Dina at every turn was just out of this world great. I absolutely love him.

In Clean Sweep, there’s an illustration of Sean and he looks a lot like Robbie Amell from The Flash and The DUFF. So here’s what Sean looks like in my head…

*happy sigh* He’s such a good looking guy and I really think he’s perfectly cast as Sean. Sean freaking rocks.

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One Fell Sweep by Ilona Andrews
December 20, 2016
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Book Boyfriend of the Week: Gage Barrett

Posted February 23, 2018 by Rowena in Features | 0 Comments

Lauren Layne strikes again! She introduces another hero that made his way onto my favorites list with her new release, Runaway Groom. Gage Barrett was such a fun hero and there wasn’t much about him that I didn’t enjoy.

Book Boyfriend of the Week: Gage BarrettRunaway Groom
by Lauren Layne
Series: I Do I Don't #2
Also in this series: Runaway Groom
Published by Random House, Loveswept on January 30th 2018
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 217
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For one charming playboy, getting cast on a Bachelor-esque reality TV show is the shock of a lifetime—until he finds love where he least expects it. And now the chase is on!

Gage Barrett’s reputation as a ladies’ man has been greatly exaggerated, but none of that matters after a drunken bet lands him on Jilted, a reality TV show that matches runaway grooms with wannabe brides. Now he’s stuck at a Hawaiian resort with nineteen women competing to drag him back to the altar—and one contestant who’s even more miserable than he is. Gage has no idea how feisty, independent Ellie Wright wound up in the cast, but it’s obvious she hates his guts. And if there’s one thing Gage likes, it’s a challenge. . . .

Ellie can’t believe she let her best friend talk her into exchanging her dignity for a glorified bikini contest. Still, she could use the exposure—her business is struggling—and she’ll probably be one of the first to get eliminated anyway. But Gage isn’t the shallow jerk Ellie anticipated—and he’s in no rush to send her home. As stolen kisses turn into secret trysts, she finds herself losing track of what’s real and what’s for the camera. With the wedding finale looming, this runaway groom is tempting Ellie to start believing in storybook endings.

Gage is the star on the Bachelor-type reality show called Jilted. He lost a bet and his best friend signed him up. He didn’t expect to actually fall in love with one of the contestants…but when he meets Ellie Wright, his world tilts. Trying to get her to realize that what he feels for her is real and not just part of the fictional show they’re on made for some great reading.

He blinks and I could have sworn I hurt his feelings. “I’m real, Ellie.”

“You’re Hollywood,” I correct.

Gage brought the goods in this book and he’s definitely a hero that you’ll want to take notice of. He’s pretty great.

Here’s who Lauren Layne has posted as her muse for Gage and that’s exactly how I saw him in my head. She’s so good at this stuff.

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Runaway Groom by Lauren Layne
January 30, 2018
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Book Boyfriend of the Week: Nate Kattenberger

Posted February 16, 2018 by Rowena in Features | 0 Comments

This week’s book boyfriend is Nate Kattenberger, the richest nerd in the Brooklyn Bruiser’s world. He’s got a giant crush on his assistant so he banishes her from Manhattan to Brooklyn so that she can run his hockey team and he can keep his ardent desire for her a secret.

Book Boyfriend of the Week: Nate KattenbergerBrooklynaire
by Sarina Bowen
Series: Brooklyn Bruisers #4
Published by Indie Published, Rennie Road Books on February 12th 2018
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 298
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You'd think a billion dollars, a professional hockey team and a six-bedroom mansion on the Promenade would satisfy a guy. You'd be wrong.

For seven years Rebecca has brightened my office with her wit and her smile. She manages both my hockey team and my sanity. I don't know when I started waking in the night, craving her. All I know is that one whiff of her perfume ruins my concentration. And her laugh makes me hard.

When Rebecca gets hurt, I step in to help. It's what friends do. But what friends don't do is rip off each others' clothes for a single, wild night together.

Now she's avoiding me. She says we're too different, and it can never happen again. So why can't we keep our hands off each other?

Nate and Becca have been working together almost from the very beginning. Nate was off-limits when Becca first came to work for him and they have become really close friends. Becca was there for Nate when he needed a friend (not an assistant) and she’s become one of the most important people in his life. I really enjoyed seeing him trying to hide his feelings from her and everyone else that they work with.

Everything worthwhile is complicated.

He wasn’t fooling anyone though. Nate and Becca coming together was complicated because of the fact that they work together. They both had reservations about coming out about how they feel about each other but it was so much fun seeing Nate let himself be in love with his assistant.

“My life is constant noise. Meetings and obligations and two thousand employees. It’s great, but it’s loud. When you kiss me, everything goes quiet. That’s the only time I can forget everyone else.” I roll to the side and put my lips right beside her ear. “And when I’m inside you, we’re all that matters. I crave it so much.”


Nate was the bomb. If you haven’t read his book, fix that because a rich nerd is what you’ve been missing in your life.

Here’s what Nate looks like in my head.

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Brooklynaire by Sarina Bowen
February 12, 2018
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