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Top Ten Tuesday: Books I’m No Longer Interested in Reading

Posted February 20, 2018 by Rowena in Features | 2 Comments

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke & the Bookish but now it’s hosted by Jana at That Artsy Reader Girl and it’s a feature that everyone participates in so I’m going to try and participate myself and see how long it lasts. Wish me luck.

This week’s prompt is:

February 20: Books I’ve Decided I’m No Longer Interested In Reading

City of Bones (Mortal Instruments #1) by Cassandra Clare: I used to want to read this series, back before the show on Freeform started. Now? Meh.

My Most Excellent Year by Steve Kluger: I read so many great reviews on this book and some of my book buddies really enjoyed this one so I wanted to read it but, not anymore. I don’t remember anything about this book or even why everyone loved it and I can’t be bothered to be excited about it anymore. 🙁

Guilty Pleasures (Guilty #1) by Laura Lee Guhrke: I can’t remember why I wanted to read this series but it’s been so long that I’m not all that interested in it anymore. Oh well.

Sky High Air series by Jill Shalvis: I remember when I first started reading Shalvis, I wanted to read this series so bad and now? Not so much.

A Heart So Wild (Stratton Family #1) by Johanna Lindsey: I used to really be into cowboy romances or romances set in the Wild, Wild, West but I just know that I don’t have any interest in reading any more of these books these days.

Save Karyn by Karyn Bosnak: I used to want to read this book back when I was really into chick lit but it’s nothing that I’d be interested in reading now.

Flirting with Danger (Samantha Jellicoe #1) by Suzanne Enoch: I don’t remember how this book ended up on my TBR pile but it did and I don’t have any interest in reading it these days so off my TBR list it goes.

The Raven Prince (Princes #1) by Elizabeth Hoy: I remember when everyone used to rave about this series and I remember putting it on my TBR list because of the hype it got. I never got around to reading it and now? I’m low key over wanting to read this one so off my TBR list it goes.

Cracked Up to Be by Courtney Summers: I used to enjoy Courtney Summers books and I remember when her books were at the very top of my wishlists but too much time has past and I no longer have a need to read this one.

Chasing Stanley (New York Blades #5) by Deirdre Martin: I used to want to finish out this series but after a while, this series fell off my radar and I don’t really care about going back to finish it out like I did.

What are some books you used to want to read but don’t anymore? Share in the comments!


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Monthly Recap: January 2018

Posted February 14, 2018 by Rowena in Features | 2 Comments

First off…

This post is hella late but…well…I’ve been lazy as hell to put it together but I finally did it!

What I Did

Besides basketball, I tried a new trendy foodie spot and book club was off the hook. Churroholic in Carson, CA was fun and the food was great and for book club, we discussed The Truth about Love and Dukes by Laura Lee Guhrke. We got a new trivia winner this month since it’s normally my sister Blanche so that was funny. This month, we’re discussing Beyond Scandal and Desire by Lorraine Heath and I’m hopeful that March’s book discussion book won’t be another historical because we’ve been reading historicals for the last like five meetings and I need something new.

What I Read

I started strong with my reading for the year and that makes me happy. I read some really good books that I got for review and my book club read was a book that was in my own TBR pile so I knocked one off that giant mountain so all in all, in terms of reading, I won the month of January. Go me.

Here’s a quick re-cap of everything that I read.

12 new reads | 0 re-reads | 1 DNF | 3,705 pages read
Read by source: 2 bought | 10 review copies
Read by format: 2 eBooks | 10 eARCs

1. Man Candy (Real Love #3) by Jessica Lemmon | 4 out of 5
2. Beyond Scandal & Desire (Sins for All Seasons #1) by Lorraine Heath | 4.25 out of 5
3. About that Kiss (Heartbreaker Bay #5) by Jill Shalvis | 4 out of 5
4. The Truth about Love & Dukes (Dear Lady Truelove #1) by Laura Lee Guhrke | 3.25 out of 5
5. Breaking the Ice (Juniper Falls #2) by Julie Cross | 4.75 out of 5
6. West Coast Love (Journey to the Heart #3) by Tif Marcelo | 3.5 out of 5
7. Love Between Enemies (Grad Night #2) by Molly E. Lee | 2 out of 5
8. The Trouble with True Love (Dear Lady Truelove #2) by Laura Lee Guhrke | 4.25 out of 5
9. Man Hands (Man Hands #1) by Sarina Bowen & Tanya Eby | DNF
10. Brooklynaire (Brooklyn Bruisers #4) by Sarina Bowen | 4.75 out of 5
11. Shot on Gold (Play by Play #14) by Jaci Burton | 3 out of 5
12. In Skates Trouble (Chicago Rebels #0.5) by Kate Meader | 3 out of 5

What I Reviewed

I actually wrote 12 reviews in the month of January but only 6 of them were posted online. The others are pending at the moment. I’m hoping that February will bring about my productive spirit. Fingers crossed.

The Ones that Got Away (The Ones that Got Away #1) by Roni Loren | 4 out of 5
Man Candy (Real Love #3) by Jessica Lemmon | 4 out of 5
Complicated by Kristen Ashley | 4.25 out of 5
An English Bride in Scotland (Highlanders #1) by Lynsay Sands | 4 out of 5
North to You (Journey to the Heart #1) by Tif Marcelo | 4 out of 5
About that Kiss (Heartbreaker Bay #5) by Jill Shalvis | 4 out of 5

Kingsmen: The Secret Service (2015) | 4.5 out of 5

What I Posted

Happy New Year
Week in Review (74)
Throwback Thursday (24)
Book Boyfriend: Luc Savage from Pretty Face by Lucy Parker
Week in Review (75)
Throwback Thursday (25)
Book Boyfriend: Dax Vaughn from Man Candy by Jessica Lemmon
Throwback Thursday (26)
Book Boyfriend: Jackson Kane from Wrong to Need You by Alisha Rai
Week in Review (76)
Throwback Thursday (27)
Book Boyfriend: Mick Trewlove from Beyond Scandal and Desire by Lorraine Heath
Week in Review (77)

What I Got for Review


What I Listened To

What I Watched on TV


What Movies I Watched

1. A Moving Romance (2017) | 3.5 out of 5
2. Coco (2017) | 4.5 out of 5
3. The Greatest Showman (2017) | 5 out of 5

So there was my January. How was your month?


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Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite Romance Couples

Posted February 13, 2018 by Rowena in Features | 4 Comments

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke & the Bookish but now it’s hosted by Jana at That Artsy Reader Girl and it’s a feature that everyone participates in so I’m going to try and participate myself and see how long it lasts. Wish me luck.

This week’s prompt is:

February 13: Love Freebie (Romances, swoons, OTPs, kisses, sexy scenes, etc.)

1. Connor and Brenna MacAllister from The Wedding (Laird’s Fiancee’s #2) by Julie Garwood: I love these guys. From Connor’s abrupt nature to Brenna’s sweet disposition, they were such a treat to read and get to know. I adored Brenna’s medallion that she made for Connor when he became her family and I loved seeing him soften in his attitude toward life and her. They were such a cute couple.

2. Adam Hartley and Corey Callaghan from The Year We Feel Down (The Ivy Years #1) by Sarina Bowen: I loved the friendship that grew and blossomed into that once in a lifetime love. Hartley drove me crazy with how long he kept homegirl that was abroad but when he shows up and makes his intentions to Corey known and how he called her Callaghan??? Loved it. Corey was fun and she was strong and I loved seeing her get her man.

3. Jake Becker and Chelsea McQuaid from Sustained (Legal Briefs #2) by Emma Chase: I love these two! I loved how Jake came into his own while getting to know Chelsea and her brood. I loved the man that he grew to be with them and I loved how fierce Chelsea’s love for Jake and her kids was. They were such a fun couple and seriously, one of my favorites.

4. Dean Di Laurentis and Allie Hayes from The Score (Off Campus #3) by Elle Kennedy: Another fun couple that I loved getting to know. I loved how Allie did not put up with any of Dean’s shit and I loved seeing Dean learn all about love when he realizes that Allie is all the girl he wants and needs. Their shenanigans kept me laughing and I’ll never look at a hot pink dildo without laughing and thinking of these two.

5. Gray Grayson and Ivy McKenzie from The Friend Zone (Game On #2) by Kristen Callihan: Another friends to lovers couple that I adored. To know Gray is to love him and Ivy was no slouch either. Their texts to each other were everything and I freaking adored how much love they had for each other. They’re so much love between them and I was here for it all.

6. Lincoln Mathis and Daisy Sinclair from Someone Like You (Oxford #3) by Lauren Layne: Lincoln on his own is pretty fan-freaking-tastic but Lincoln with Daisy is even more awesome. I really enjoyed the dynamic between Lincoln and Daisy and seeing them come together in love. Lauren Layne is so good at writing couple chemistry and I felt all of their chemistry. They’re so freaking cute.

7. Josh Tanner and Heather Fowler from For Better or Worse (Wedding Belles #2) by Lauren Layne: I loved seeing Josh and Heather battle wills and then fall in love with each other. The chemistry iss off the chain and the banana bread cake at the end? Hahahaha, I love it!

8. Jordan Townsende and Alexandra Lawrence from Something Wonderful (Sequels #2) by Judith McNaught: This is the first couple that I ever “met” in a romance novel. They are the reason that I am as big a reader as I am today. I love them. So stinkin’ much.

9. Nate Sawyer and Olivia Holloway from Before Jamaica Lane (On Dublin Street #3) by Samantha Young: As you can tell, I’m a very big fan of friends to lovers stories and Nate and Olivia were besties who fell in love with each other. Their story was so much fun and totally angsty at the same time and I freaking love them.

10. Hawke Snow and Sienna Lauren from Kiss of Snow (Psy-Changelings #10) by Nalini Singh: The angsty romance between Hawke and Sienna was told over the course of many books in the Psy-Changeling series and their book was such a blast. Their romance was a total blast and their relationship was super strong. I love, love, love the heck out of them.

Share your favorites in the comments!


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