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Buddy Review: The Duke Buys a Bride by Sophie Jordan

Posted September 25, 2018 by Rowena in Reviews | 6 Comments

Buddy Review: The Duke Buys a Bride by Sophie JordanThe Duke Buys a Bride
by Sophie Jordan
Series: The Rogue Files #3
Published by Harper Collins, Avon on July 24, 2018
Genres: Historical, Romance
Point of View:Alternating Third Person
Pages: 368
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
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three-half-stars

A bride wasn’t in his plans . . .

The last thing Marcus, the Duke of Autenberry, expects to see after sleeping off a night’s drunken shenanigans is a woman being auctioned in the village square. Before he can think about the ramifications, he buys her, thinking he’s winning the girl her freedom. Instead, he discovers he’s bought a wife.

A duke wasn’t in hers . . .

Alyse Bell is almost rid of the shackles that bound her in a name-only marriage, but the day her friend promised to purchase her in a wife auction, he vanishes, leaving her to face a mob of unsavory bachelors intent on owning her body and soul. But the appearance of a wicked, wealthy stranger changes her path forever.

The road to ruin . . .

Marcus doesn’t know what to do with the impertinent chit who clearly isn’t duchess material! Insisting their marriage isn’t legitimate, they leave for his estate in Scotland, hoping to devise a plan to get rid of each other. However, on a journey fraught with misadventure, their attraction grows and Marcus realizes he’ll do anything to keep this fiery woman for his own.

I participate in a real-life book club that meets once a month to discuss a different romance novel with a bunch of my friends. It’s always a lot of fun but one of our members lives in Utah so she doesn’t get to meet up with us so we thought it would be great to still discuss the books with her. Each month, I’ll be doing a buddy review of our book club books with my book club homies Tasha and Shy. Please welcome my friends, everyone! 🙂 This month it’ll be just me and Tasha but next month, we’re hopeful that Shy will catch up and join us. The first book that we’ll be reviewing together is The Duke Buys a Bride by Sophie Jordan, which is the third book in The Rogue Files series and it features Marcus Weatherton, the Duke of Autenberry as he purchases a wife at a street auction and falls in love with her on his way to Scotland. Rowena: Alright Tash, let’s get this show on the road. What were your initial thoughts on this book? Tasha: My initial thoughts…this was a frustrating read. I mean, the hero was really mean which made it hard for me to like him. As much as I wanted to like the heroine, she kept making me mad too, uggghhh. So yeah, frustrating, lol. Rowena: I know what you mean. I thought that the premise of the story was really interesting. I mean, the hero buys the heroine at a street auction in an effort to free her and then while he’s escorting her to his home in Scotland so she can make a life of her own as his housekeeper, they grow close and fall in love but the hot and cold attitude that Marcus had where Alyse was concerned pissed me off. Every time he tried to throw the blame on Alyse for their attraction made me want to kick him in the balls. Hello?? It takes two to tango and his dumbass kept pissing me off. I was like, miss me with the bullshit sir. You like her, you want her, deal with it. The part that pissed me off the most with Alyse was when they’re almost to Marcus’ house in the Highlands and Marcus is beat up and left for dead while Alyse is abducted. When Marcus gets to where she was taken and demands to get her back, she’s like, “Oh I release you, you are not obligated to me anymore” and he’s like, “I’m not going to leave you here. They beat me and left me for dead” and she’s all, “Oh, I’m sure they’re sorry they did that.”
WTF? Bitch are you for real? When that happened, I was ready for the book to be done. Tasha: EXACTLY…THAT PART, RIGHT THERE!!! I believe they had already left his brothers castle where she had to stay until she got better. But the whole time she was sick, he was at her bedside like a lovesick puppy. Even then he was still in denial. He could’ve easily been done with her at that point, the way I see it but he was insistent upon taking her with him. Let’s not even get started on the event that took place in his room after she recovered from her illness. As soon as the ‘deed’ was done, he was quick to dismiss her and make it out to be as if it were her fault. Like you said, “it takes two to tango”. They’re both dumbasses, lol. I think Marcus was just an arrogant prick who was used to getting his way. And Alyse was so naïve and as we Samoans say, “fiapoko” (know-it-all, smart-ass, etc.) haha!! Rowena: Same. They were both so fiapoko! Also? I think that we would have benefitted from reading the other books in this series to really appreciate Marcus’ journey, at least I’m hoping that is the case because I felt like I was missing something throughout the whole book. Especially when we get to the brother’s house in Scotland so that Alyse can mend her illness. I’m like, so is someone going to fill us in on what the hell happened and why Marcus and his brother are estranged? Hello??? Is someone going to fill in the blanks on how Marcus’ sister in law went from being engaged to Marcus to married to his brother? Ehhh… Overall, the actions of both the hero and the heroine had me rolling my eyes up and down the street so it’s hard for me to give this a higher grade than a 2.5 because while the writing style is completely readable, there was too much that pissed me off to warrant a higher grade. What about you? What would you grade this book and are you going to be reading the rest of the series or nah? Tasha: You’re probably right. Maybe if I had read the previous books, I wouldn’t be so harsh towards Marcus. They did mention a little bit about Marcus being engaged to Poppy before she became his brother’s wife but not a lot. Yeah, I did get the feeling I was missing something and that something could’ve been found in the earlier books. Would I go back and read this series from the beginning…..ummmm, I don’t think so. The writing itself was fine and I’ve read some really bad books. It’s because of the whole ‘bi-polar’ moments from Marcus and Alyse’s continuous dumb decisions, I cannot give this more than a 3 (and that’s being generous). Yes, the hero and heroine really frustrated me but in the end, I still got my HEA.
Final Grade
Rowena: 2.5 out of 5 Tasha: 3 out of 5
So there you have it guys, my very first book club discussion review with one of my good friends Tasha. Next month we’ll be discussing Never Seduce a Scot by Maya Banks. My sister Delene chose that book so nobody in our book club is at all surprised that we’re reading another historical romance. See you guys next month!
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three-half-stars

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Book Club: Angels Blood by Nalini Singh

Posted June 29, 2016 by Rowena in Features | 0 Comments

Book Bunch 1 We’re six months strong this year as a book club and I’m thrilled with that. We’ve had 100% attendance and we’re about 90% participation but getting better. Gone are the days of nobody reading the books and still showing up to book club. Woo hoo! This month, we met up at Black Angus at the Del Amo Mall because well, the book is set in New York and we were going for the whole New York Steakhouse vibes..and it worked well for us. B Nice, Lilo and I got steak (very good steak) and Tash got ribs (wasn’t a huge fan of them) and we had a really great discussion. Thanks to Tasha for putting a great discussion together for us. Book Club Book Angels Blood (Guild Hunters #1) by Nalini Singh
Vampire hunter Elena Deveraux knows she is the best- but she does not know if even she is good enough for this job. Hired by the dangerously beautiful archangel Raphael, a being so lethal that no mortal wants his attention, Elena knows failure is not an option—even if the task is impossible. Because this time, it’s not a wayward vamp she has to track. It’s an archangel gone bad. The job will put Elena in the midst of a killing spree like no other—and pull her to the razor’s edge of passion. Even if the hunt does not destroy her, succumbing to Raphael’s seductive touch just might. For when archangels play, mortals break.
I’ve been meaning to read this book for quite some time now. It’s on my 5 Books Reading Challenge so I was able to knock some reading challenge books out with this one. Woo hoo! Book Club Thoughts
Hero: It was unanimous. We all ended up loving Rafael but it was hard to like him in the beginning. We all enjoyed the change that came over him throughout the course of the book. Heroine: We all loved Elena. She freaking rocked. She was so bad ass and strong that you couldn’t help but love her or want to be her as was the case with me. Someone should dress up as her for Halloween. That would be dope! Story: It was slow going in the beginning for Lilo, B Nice and myself but it picked up in a major way and we all ended up liking the book and world as a whole. Tasha flat out loved the book and is already on Book 3 in the series. She’s completely sold on all things Guild Hunter. I’m jealous.
Most Memorable Scene: Hmm, we didn’t talk about this but for me the most memorable scene was probably when Elena shot and injured Rafael and was so worried about him afterward. That was the turning point for her, I thought. She was so Team Rafael after that. Pimp Worthy: Yes. We would definitely pimp this out to anyone and everyone. Book Club Next Book
Back to You (Coming Home #2) by Jessica Scott
July is America’s birthday so we chose a military romance to discuss next month. It’s a new to everyone but me author and I’m excited to see how everyone likes this book. Holly loved it and cried so I know that I’m going to be a hot mess. I can’t wait.

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Book Club: Own the Wind by Kristen Ashley

Posted May 4, 2016 by Rowena in Features | 2 Comments

Book Bunch 1 April’s book club meeting was the first meeting of the year that we had to postpone and surprisingly, that was my fault. Meghan’s basketball banquet was on the same day we planned to meet up for book club so I moved the date back and I’m hoping against hope that it won’t be an every month thing. We’re trying to keep things on track each month and I want to keep that going. This month also marks the second month that I was a group picture failure. We didn’t take a group picture again this month. Ehh. I need to put Tasha in charge of making sure that we take pictures each month. Book Club Book Own the Wind Own the Wind (Chaos #1) by Kristen Ashley.
Too hot to handle… Tabitha Allen grew up in the thick of Chaos—the Chaos Motorcycle Club, that is. Her father is Chaos’ leader, and the club has always had her back. But one rider was different from the start. When Tabby was running wild, Shy Cage was there. When tragedy tore her life apart, he helped her piece it back together. And now, Tabby’s thinking about much more than friendship… Tabby is everything Shy’s ever wanted, but everything he thinks he can’t have. She’s beautiful, smart, and as his friend’s daughter, untouchable. Shy never expected more than friendship, so when Tabby indicates she wants more—much more—he feels like the luckiest man alive. But even lucky men can crash and burn…
This month, we met up at Black Bear Diner in Signal Hill to get our discussion on and everyone was in attendance. We had a straight up discussion on what we thought about the book and as far as enjoyment went, we were split down the middle. Lilo didn’t like the book at all, while B Nice said it wasn’t her favorite but Tasha and I? WE LOVED IT. Haha. Book Club Thoughts Hero: Tasha and I loved Shy while B Nice remained of the opinion that he wasn’t her favorite and Lilo hated him. Everything that Lilo hated Shy for are the very reasons that both Tasha and I loved him. Lilo thought Shy was an asshole who was too alpha and too dark for her tastes. She didn’t like the parade of women at the club house and the way that he broke Tabby’s heart. She felt that he was cruel. Tasha and I loved the fierceness of his feelings for Tabby…the way that he stood by her, the way that he comforted her when her fiance’ died and the way that he stood his ground when he was cast as the black sheep of the MC for daring to bang the president’s daughter. In my eyes, he was Jax Teller from Sons of Anarchy and just like with Jax, I forgave Shy everything. Both Tasha and I adored him. Heroine: We were all in agreement that for a huge chunk of the book, Tabby was a freaking brat. When we first meet her and she’s being followed by the MC so they can watch her back and she keeps getting herself into trouble that the guys have to bail her out of, we were all not fans of that. But she does grow up and even though she still had her moments where she drove me nuts, we all liked when she stood her ground where Shy was concerned and we loved how she called both her father and Tyra on their shit. Story: Tasha and I read this book a while ago and after reading it the first time, we were absolutely in love with the book. We were in love with everything about the book but after this last re-read, the story itself didn’t hold up to all the love we had for it the first time around. B Nice remains unchanged in her opinion that while she enjoyed the romance between Shy and Tabby, the story itself was a bit much for her. It was raw and gritty and that’s not really her thing. Lilo felt much the same way as B Nice but while B Nice was more “meh” about the story, Lilo was “ugh”. We picked this book last month cause Tasha and I were curious to see if Lilo and B Nice would enjoy something like this…now we know. Haha. Most Memorable Scene: Hmmm, we didn’t talk about this last night. Mostly we talked about the book as a whole. Pimp Worthy: Even though Tasha and I didn’t LOVE the book as much this time around, we still thought the book was pimpworthy. Lilo and B Nice? Nah. Book Club Next Book
Falling into Bed with a Duke and The Earl Takes All (Hellions of Havisham #1 & #2) by Lorraine Heath.
It would appear that my book club is all about the historical romances these days. B Nice is reading a bunch of them and loving them while Lilo was curious about this set of books so it was decided that these are the books we’re discussing next month. I can’t freaking wait!

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The Girls Went to see Sammy J

Posted April 27, 2016 by Rowena in Miscellaneous | 0 Comments

I have been dying to see Sammy J in concert ever since I found out that he was coming to California way back in January. At the time, I was pretty obsessed with his song Waiting and with his voice as well. I remember sitting in the stands at Brenna’s game one night, singing along to the song playing on my phone when I started googling his tour dates. I found out that he was going to be in town in April and immediately asked my friends to go with me. I got responses immediately from most of them and they were all a go…and this is one of the things we planned on that we actually followed through on. Mulu and I didn’t make it out to Vegas for the Rugby tournament but I wasn’t going to miss out on Sammy J too. I had a blast. We missed the first opening act, The Late Ones (haha, we were the late ones that night) which was a bummer because I actually know those kids. I know their parents and I remember them as little kids but my kids kept me from getting to the venue earlier to catch their performance. Still, the concert was fantastic. We caught Tenelle’s performance and while she sang a lot of covers, she did rock the hell out of them and had Meghan and I scream singing our asses off to the two songs of hers that I knew. Haha. She was great. The crowd was jamming hard when Tenelle was on stage but the minute that Sammy J came out, the crowd somehow got bigger and they just erupted. It was complete madness and that guy from New Zealand rocked the hell out of that crowd. It was one of the funnest things that I’ve done in a while. I didn’t get a lot of videos of the concert cause I was too busy scream singing my way through the show but here are some that I took. Please excuse Meghan’s big ass head in front of me. Haha.
Sammy J singing Waiting (my song!) Sammy J and Tenelle singing Say That You Love Me (my other song!)
Also? Please excuse the shakiness of the video too. My arms got tired. LMAO! Freaking Meghan wouldn’t get her damn hand and phone out of my way either. Ehh. Still, all in all the concert was great. I had a good time with Sammy J (haha), with my girls and I only felt a little bad that Brenna and Makenna (who wanted to go to the concert) stayed behind to babysit Hanah’s kids so that Hanah can go. Here are some pictures from our night out with Sammy J! Sammy J 1 Sammy J 2 Hanah and I are trying to figure out what our next adventure will be so I’ll update when we figure that out. So much fun!

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Book Club: Once & Always by Judith McNaught

Posted April 6, 2016 by Rowena in Features | 0 Comments

Book Bunch 1 Last month’s book club came and went and I forgot to blog about it. Well, better late than never. We welcomed Lilo back into the book club last week. She wasn’t very active last year but wants to join us this year and man did we laugh a lot having her back. This month we all met at Tasha’s house so that we can relax and be as loud and crazy as we wanted. That was probably a good idea considering we got pretty loud. Book Club BookOnce and Always Once and Always by Judith McNaught
Across the vast ocean sailed Victoria Seaton, a free-spirited American beauty left suddenly orphaned and alone. Eager to claim her long-lost heritage, she was amazed at the formal elegance of Wakefield, the sumptuous English estate of her distant cousin…the notorious Lord Jason Fielding. Sought after at plays, operas, and balls by London’s most fashionable ladies, Jason remained a mystery to Victoria. Bewildered by his arrogant demeanor, yet drawn to his panther-like grace, she came to sense the searingly painful memories that smoldered in the depths of his jade-green eyes. Unable to resist her spitfire charm, Jason gathered her at last into his powerful arms, ravishing her lips with his kisses, arousing in her a sweet, insistent hunger. Wed in desire, they were enfolded in a fierce, consuming joy, free at last from the past’s cruel grasp. Then, in a moment of blinding anguish, Victoria discovered the shocking treachery that lay at the heart of their love…a love she had dreamed would triumph…Once And Always.
To start off our discussion, I put together a trivia game and I knew that it was going to be a hit. I asked questions and the first person to answer got the point and the person with the most points at the end of the game wins the Starbucks gift card that I left at home. Haha. I’m the best discussion host ever, right? Haha. I asked questions like…
  1. What is the name of Jason’s dog? (Willie)
  2. What is Tory’s full name? (Victoria Elizabeth Seaton)
  3. How did Victoria’s parents die? (Carriage accident)
  4. What is the name of Andrew Bainbridge’s cousin in Switzerland? (Madeline)
  5. Why did Victoria prepare a poltice for O’Malley? (He had a sore tooth)
The winner of the Starbucks gift card was B Nice but I’m really thinking this one through since she’s a hot damn cheater! Haha. She was over an hour late to book club because she was at work finishing the book. LMAO! Talk about everything was fresh in her head when she got there. Still, the trivia game was a hit and we laughed so freaking much that I worried we were annoying Tasha’s kids who were doing their own thing around the house. Book Club Thoughts
Hero: Jason Fielding was a hard hero to like for pretty much everyone in the club. He was cold and mean to Tory at every turn when she first showed up and didn’t really let up in his cold attitude toward her until a good chunk of the story in. In the end Lilo, B Nice, Shy and even I forgave Jason for being a complete dickhead for most of the book but Tasha, she admitted to Jason not being one of her favorites. Especially cause…he cheated! He totally did. Heroine: Victoria was the highlight of the book for everyone. She was kind hearted, caring and just a delight to get to know. She went through so much and survived even more and she had huge fans in our entire club when all was said and done. Story: The story itself was full of angst and everyone enjoyed the book but Tasha was the lone shark in the bunch because while she enjoyed it, it wasn’t her favorite. There were moments that she really enjoyed but she couldn’t get past certain big events and characters in the book. They wrecked her enjoyment (Jason, Charles, the Grandmother, etc…).
Most Memorable Scene: Hmm, for me it was after the wedding night (dumbass Jason!) and Jason left for London. His shenanigans in London is something that I won’t ever forget. So disappointing! But others that were mentioned were when Tory gave Jason her present, when Jason thought he was seeing Tory’s ghost and didn’t care that he was going crazy just as long as she doesn’t leave him, those kinds of things. Pimp Worthy: We all thought it was a pimpworthy book, mostly because so much happens and the angst really pulls the feels out of you. Book Club Next Book Own the Wind Own the Wind (Chaos #1) by Kristen Ashley.
Too hot to handle… Tabitha Allen grew up in the thick of Chaos—the Chaos Motorcycle Club, that is. Her father is Chaos’ leader, and the club has always had her back. But one rider was different from the start. When Tabby was running wild, Shy Cage was there. When tragedy tore her life apart, he helped her piece it back together. And now, Tabby’s thinking about much more than friendship… Tabby is everything Shy’s ever wanted, but everything he thinks he can’t have. She’s beautiful, smart, and as his friend’s daughter, untouchable. Shy never expected more than friendship, so when Tabby indicates she wants more—much more—he feels like the luckiest man alive. But even lucky men can crash and burn…
We are entering the world of Motorcycle Club romances…should be interesting to see what everyone thinks. Tasha and I love MC romances but the other girls haven’t read any yet. I’m excited. I promise that I will be better about taking pictures at our club cause I feel like if there aren’t any pictures, it didn’t happen. Haha. See you in a couple of weeks for April’s discussion wrap up!

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