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Week in Books (53)

Posted March 13, 2017 by Rowena in Features | 13 Comments

Week in Books v2

This week was a pretty relaxing week for me and if this is an indication of what life after basketball is going to be like, I’m going to be one happy camper. I love that I don’t have to rush from school to school during the week and on the weekends. I’m sure that I’ll miss it eventually but right now? It’s nice. It’s nice having time to read all of the books that I was too tired to read before now. It’s nice to not have a shit load of tv shows to catch up on every week. My laundry pile stays down. My room is a lot cleaner than it’s been in years. I could really get used to this.

With all of this free time on my hands, I was able to meet up with one of my co-workers for a hike in Palos Verdes (richy rich area with gorgeous Southern California views) and…I survived! I’ll be working out and going on more walks now that I’ve got the time and I’m pretty stoked about it. Now if I can stop eating all of the bad for me crap, I’ll really be on my way to a healthier me. Wish me luck!

Also…Happy Birthday Meghan! Today is my niece’s birthday and she’s 20 years old this year. Holy cow! Welcome to the old lady club, Meg! Love you, congratulations on your Player of the Year award!

Now, on with the books…

Currently Reading


How the Duke was Won (Disgraceful Dukes #1) by Lenora Bell.

The pleasure of your company is requested at Warbury Park. Four lovely ladies will arrive… but only one can become a duchess.

James, the scandalously uncivilized Duke of Harland, requires a bride with a spotless reputation for a strictly business arrangement. Lust is prohibited and love is out of the question.

Four ladies. Three days. What could go wrong?

She is not like the others…

Charlene Beckett, the unacknowledged daughter of an earl and a courtesan, has just been offered a life-altering fortune to pose as her half-sister, Lady Dorothea, and win the duke’s proposal. All she must do is:

* Be the perfect English rose [Ha!]

* Breathe, smile, and curtsy in impossibly tight gowns [blast Lady Dorothea’s sylph-like figure]

* Charm and seduce a wild duke [without appearing to try]

* Keep said duke far, far from her heart [no matter how tempting]

When secrets are revealed and passion overwhelms, James must decide if the last lady he should want is really everything he needs. And Charlene must decide if the promise of a new life is worth risking everything . . . including her heart.

I’ve got Book 3 of this series coming up for review so I need to jump in and get this series read to prepare myself for Book 3. I can’t wait.

What I Read

Crushed by Lauren Layne | 4.25 out of 5
Cold Hearted Rake by Lisa Kleypas | 4 out of 5
Marrying Winterborne by Lisa Kleypas | 3.75 out of 5
Devil in Spring by Lisa Kleypas | 4 out of 5

My favorite read of the week goes to Crushed by Lauren Layne. This was surprising because I’m not normally a fan of the fat heroine gets skinny and then gets the boy but Crushed was about more than that. Michael St. Claire was so much more than I thought he’d be and Chloe was a fantastic heroine. So much goodness with those two.

I don’t really have a least favorite of the week because I enjoyed all of the books that I read. The Ravenels series was just as good as I was thinking it’d be because well, Lisa Kleypas rocks at writing historical romances and Pandora is my favoritest of favorites. Gah, she rocks so hard!

Book Boyfriend of the Week


Michael St. Claire from Crushed by Lauren Layne

Yeah, I know. I thought Gabriel St. Vincent would be my boyfriend of the week and he was fantastic but Michael St. Claire won me over through and through this week with how freaking awesome he was. He took me by surprise because I didn’t think I’d enjoy his book or him as a character as much as I did but man…he was a good one. I’m so glad that I read his book.

What I Reviewed

Sustained by Emma Chase | 5 out of 5

What I Posted

Week in Books (53)

New to My Bookshelves

Marrying Winterborne by Lisa Kleypas

Holly is my favorite person this week because she gifted this book to me and I was so excited that I read it right away. *grins* Thanks Holly!

New to My Review Shelf

Revenge by Lexi Blake
Shadow Reaper by Christine Feehan

I’ve been looking forward to these books for a while now so I’m glad to finally get them to read and review. Bring on Drew’s book!

There you have it, my week in books. How did your week go?

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Week in Books (52)

Posted March 6, 2017 by Rowena in Features | 15 Comments

Week in Books v2

What a week, what a week. CIF Championships were this past week so the girls and I have been glued to Twitter, seeing who won another ring and who didn’t and all that jazz and some teams we were happy for and some teams, we weren’t. Haha. Such haters, we are. But now that it’s all behind us, we’re looking toward exit interviews this week before we can fully move on from high school basketball. Brenna’s exit interview is on Wednesday and she’s got a lot of things she wants to bring up to that damn coach of hers. I’m steering clear of that because I’m still not a fan of that damn woman.

Friday was Brenna’s birthday and we celebrated by having dinner and cake against our birthday green wall with Bren and all of her friends. Then because she’s an adult now, she went out and got turnt with her friends…or as turnt as a church going, doesn’t have any interest in drinking and partying girl can get turnt. Ha!

This week, the only plans I have are to finish up my room. Last weekend, I did a spring cleaning to end all spring cleaning. I have a pile of clothes that needs to go to the goodwill and I finally got hangers to hang up the rest of my clothes that need to be hung up so I’ll be doing that stuff this week.

..and now on with the books.

Currently Reading


Crushed (Redemption #2) by Lauren Layne.

Lauren Layne’s latest novel about the healing power of redemption tells the story of a crush gone wickedly wrong, proving that what you want isn’t always what you need.

Growing up in New York, Michael St. Claire never expected to spend his twenties wearing cowboy boots. But that was before he learned about his real father, a total stranger with a family in Cedar Grove, Texas. Once in the Lone Star State, Michael meets Kristin Bellamy, who is exquisitely refined and everything Michael always thought he wanted in a woman. The only problem is that Kristin is dating Michael’s new half brother, Devon.

Kristin’s mouthy, curvy sister Chloe has always been in love with Devon Patterson. So when Michael offers to help Chloe break up Devon and Kristin, Chloe agrees to a deal that seems too good to be true. Before long, Chloe finally gets her man, only to make a startling discovery: She no longer wants the guy she had to fight for—she wants the one who stood by her side.

After all he and Chloe have been through, Michael swears he’s damaged goods. Can Chloe convince him that love is worth the risk?

I read Isn’t She Lovely and Broken last week and really enjoyed both books so I jumped right into the last book in the series, Crushed and I’m not all that far into it right now but I’m hopeful that I will enjoy it. So far, it’s pretty good. Michael!!

What I Read

Havoc by Jamie Shaw | 4 out of 5
Off the Ice by Julie Cross | 3.75 out of 5
When the Marquess Falls by Lorraine Heath | 3.75 out of 5
Isn’t She Lovely by Lauren Layne | 4.5 out of 5
Broken by Lauren Layne | 4 out of 5

Book Boyfriend of the Week


Ethan Price from Isn’t She Lovely (Redemption #0.5 ) by Lauren Layne.

Ethan is so freaking yummy and I adored him. I loved the witty banter between him and Stephanie and I just loved his overall personality. *swoon*

What I Reviewed

Nothing this week. I need to get writing because I actually have reviews to write this week. Woot!

What I Posted

2/27: Week in Books (51)
3/01: Monthly Recap: February 2017
3/02: Throwback Thursday (22)

New to My Bookshelves

Artistic License by Elle Pierson
Unwritten by Jen Frederick

New to My Review Shelf

None. I’m focus is on the books on my TBR pile and the books that I’m reading for challenges and buddy reviews.

There you have it, my week in books. How did your week go?

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Monthly Recap: February 2017

Posted March 1, 2017 by Rowena in Features | 15 Comments

How are we already in the month of March in the new year? Time needs to slow down. Sheesh.

What I Did

Basketball, basketball, basketball. Basketball overtook our lives this past month with League games then Playoff games and then disappointing ends to everyone’s seasons. Best game of the season was when my Brenna’s Lady Saxons took on my Kenna’s Lady Seahawks. They both played their hearts out and while Kenna’s team smashed on Brenna’s, Brenna played exceptionally well and not even her Coach can take that away from her. I was a proud Mom and Aunt that day.

What I Watched

Riverdale. I’m completely addicted to this show. I’m loving the darker version of the Archie comics and though this is a typical CW (beautiful people, loads of drama) show, I’m all about it. I’m loving Betty, Archie, Veronica, Jughead, everyone. Even Cheryl Blossom and her bitchy ass. Betty’s crazy ass Mom and just all of the drama? I’m so freaking here for it all. If you’re not watching this show, you should be.

Hawaii 5-0. I’m binge watching this show right now. I stopped watching it about mid-season 6 and have been meaning to catch up and then never did. I’m all caught up now and I’m still loving McGarrett’s crazy ass, Danny’s whiny ass and the rest of the team as well. I’m still low key shipping McGarrett and Kono and I don’t even care that Adam is the bomb, too. Haha. Such a good show. There’s a really good Polynesian representation on this show and I love that.

Suits. I’m watching this show faithfully but I’m not really sure why. This season is low key boring but I love Harvey, Mike, Donna and the rest of the gang so even though I’m not all that into this season, I’m still watching every single episode, every single week.

I also watched the following movies:

1. Patriots Day (2016) | Good
2. John Wick (2014) | Very Good
3. John Wick 2 (2017) | Very Good
4. Accidentally Engaged (2016) | Cheesy, but Cute

My favorite movies of the month go to the John Wick movies. Why in the world did I wait so long to watch those? Those movies were the bomb. Thanks to my brother Pete for bringing them to my attention.

What I Listened To

Bruno Mars. Yeah, I’m still listening to this album and yes, I’m still loving the hell out it. Say somethin’…haha.

Say You Won’t Let Go by James Arthur. Brenna brought this song to my attention. She loves this song and because she played it over and over last month, it grew on me until I loved it myself.

What I Read

1. Act Like It by Lucy Parker | 4 out of 5
2. Pretty Face by Lucy Parker | 4.25 out of 5
3. Good Boy by Sarina Bowen & Elle Kennedy | 4.25 out of 5
4. Faking It by Jennifer Crusie (re-read) | DNF
5. Silver Silence by Nalini Singh | 4.25 out of 5
6. Archangels Kiss by Nalini Singh | 4 out of 5

February was a slow reading month for me. I didn’t read much but I’m happy with the books that I read outside of the DNF. My favorite reads of the month go to Silver Silence, Pretty Face and Good Boy. All were fabulous reads.

What I Reviewed

The Bastard Billionaire by Jessica Lemmon | 4 out of 5
Good Boy by Sarina Bowen & Elle Kennedy | 4 out of 5
Pretty Face by Lucy Parker | 4.25 out of 5
By Your Side by Kasie West | 3 out of 5
Nine Rules to Break when Romancing a Rake by Sarah MacLean | 4.5 out of 5
Act Like It by Lucy Parker | 4 out of 5
#Famous by Jilly Gagnon | 3 out of 5
Satisfaction by Lexi Blake | 4 out of 5
Seven Minutes in Heaven by Eloisa James | 4 out of 5
Fury on Fire by Sophie Jordan | 3 out of 5
Accidentally on Purpose by Jill Shalvis | 3 out of 5

What I Got

I bought some books and I got some books for review. Here are the books that were added to my bookshelves in February.

What I Bought

Moonshot by Alessandra Torre
Love in Lingerie by Alessandra Torre
Archangel’s Kiss by Nalini Singh
Truly by Ruthie Knox
Devil in Spring by Lisa Kleypas
Royally Matched by Emma Chase

What I Got for Review

Midnight Target by Elle Kennedy
Off the Ice by Julie Cross
Blame it on the Duke by Lenora Bell
Havoc by Jamie Shaw
Silver Silence by Nalini Singh
Pipe Dreams by Sarina Bowen
When the Marquess Falls by Lorraine Heath

What I Loved

One of the local malls in my town got renovated and it’s fancy as hell. The food court is more upscale, too. There’s no McDonalds, Taco Bell, not even a Chick Fil-A. The new and improved food court serves Pinks hot dogs, Chipotle, Panda Express, sushi, Korean food, Blaze Pizza and bunch of other stuff. My sisters, my friends, my kids and I have spent some serious time at this food court, having lunch and trying out the new spots. We love them all.

How was your February? Did you do anything fun? See or read anything good?

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