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Week in Review (70)

Posted October 23, 2017 by Rowena in Features | 2 Comments

It’s been another quiet week for me and I can seriously get used to these. I am gearing up for the World Series tomorrow and I’m a little bummed because I think I’m getting sick. I have a scratchy throat and I’m a little stuffed up so I’m not happy about that. I hope that it doesn’t blow up into something bigger so keep your fingers crossed for me, pretty please. 🙂

My Lakers season has started and we are 1-2 right now. We’re pretty young and still new so it kind of makes sense and I’m hopeful that we won’t completely suck this season so Go Lakers!

What I’m Currently Reading

Hate to Want You (Forbidden Hearts #1) by Alisha Rai

One night. No one will know.

That was the deal. Every year, Livvy Kane and Nicholas Chandler would share one perfect night of illicit pleasure. The forbidden hours let them forget the tragedy that haunted their pasts-and the last names that made them enemies.

Until the night she didn’t show up.

Now Nicholas has an empire to run. He doesn’t have time for distractions and Livvy’s sudden reappearance in town is a major distraction. She’s the one woman he shouldn’t want…so why can’t he forget how right she feels in his bed?

Livvy didn’t come home for Nicholas, but fate seems determined to remind her of his presence–and their past. Although the passion between them might have once run hot and deep, not even love can overcome the scandal that divided their families.

Being together might be against all the rules…but being apart is impossible.

I’ve been hearing such great things about this book and with the second book in the series coming out, I figured I’d see what it’s all about. So far, it’s pretty good and I’m hopeful it will continue to be good so we’ll see how that goes.

What I Read

An Ex for Christmas (Love Unexpectedly #5) by Lauren Layne | 4 out of 5

What I Reviewed

On a Tuesday (One Week #1) by Whitney G. | 3.75 out of 5
Something About You & A Lot Like Love (FBI-US Attorneys #1 & 2) by Julie James | 4.25 & 4.5 out of 5
Only with You (The Best Mistake #1) by Lauren Layne | 4 out of 5
Hollywood Dirt (2017) | 4 out of 5

What I Posted

10/16: Week in Review (69)
10/17: Top Ten Tuesday: Good Eats in Books
10/20: Eye Candy Friday: Daniel Quinn from Before You Break by Christina Lee

What I Got

Bountiful (True North #4, Brooklyn Bruiser #4) by Sarina Bowen
The Protector (Sons of Texas #2) by Donna Grant
The Legend (Sons of Texas #3) by Donna Grant

What I Got for Review

Cherish Hard (Hard Play #1) by Nalini Singh
Taking a Chance (Whisper Creek #6) by Maggie McGinnis

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


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Mini Review Round Up (7)

Posted October 19, 2017 by Rowena in Features, Reviews | 4 Comments

Something about You (FBI-US Attorneys #1) by Julie James
Release Date: March 2, 2010
Publisher: Penguin, Berkley
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 307
Format: eBook
Source: Bought
Buy the Book: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo

Fate has thrown two sworn enemies…

Of all the hotel rooms rented by all the adulterous politicians in Chicago, female Assistant U.S. Attorney Cameron Lynde had to choose the one next to 1308, where some hot-and-heavy lovemaking ends with a death. And of all the FBI agents in Illinois, it had to be Special Agent Jack Pallas who gets assigned to this high-profile homicide. The same Jack Pallas who still blames Cameron for a botched crackdown three years ago—and for nearly ruining his career.

Into each other’s arms…

Work with Cameron Lynde? Are they kidding? Maybe, Jack thinks, this is some kind of welcome-back prank after his stint away from Chicago. But it’s no joke; the pair is going to have to put their rocky past behind them and focus on the case at hand. That is, if they can cut back on the razor-sharp jibes—and smother the flame of their sizzling-hot sexual tension.

2017 is the year of the re-read for me because I’ve been re-reading a bunch. I re-read the two books that I’ll be reviewing today for my book club. My book club is freaking awesome. We don’t read any of those Oprah book club books that depress the hell out of me (well, the ones that I’ve read). We read, for the most part, romance novels. My favorites. Each month, a different member of our book club picks a romance novel that they want to read together and we read then discuss. Having a romance novel book club that meets once a month brings on so much flippin’ fun.

Anyway, we read this book and it was met with a lot of praise. This was a fun romance with great characters and a romance that hit all of the right buttons. I still feel a bit let down that we didn’t get any scenes with Jack and the family that he wanted to spend more time with but other than that, this was a solid romance with a suspense plot that will have you turning the pages faster than you can read.

I adored both Jack and Cameron and enjoyed seeing them come together in love. I loved seeing them hate each other and then go soft for each other. The passion and the chemistry was sizzling in this one and it’s always a treat to read.

My Rating

4.25 out of 5

A Lot Like Love (FBI-US Attorneys #2) by Julie James
Release Date: March 1, 2011
Publisher: Penguin, Berkley
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 274
Format: eBook
Source: Bought
Buy the Book: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo

The FBI wants her cooperation…

As the daughter of a billionaire and the owner of the city’s top wine store, Jordan Rhodes is invited to the most exclusive parties in Chicago. But there’s only one party the FBI wants to crash: the charity fundraiser of a famous restaurateur, who also happens to launder money for the mob. In exchange for her brother’s release from prison, Jordan is going to be there—with a date supplied by the Bureau.

Agent McCall just wants her…

As the top undercover agent in Chicago, Nick McCall has one rule: never get personal. This “date” with Jordan Rhodes is merely an assignment—one they’re both determined to pull off even if they can’t be together for five minutes before the sarcasm and sparks begin to fly. But when Nick’s investigation is compromised, he and Jordan have no choice but to pretend they’re a couple, and what starts out as a simple assignment begins to feel a lot like something more.

This was another re-read for my book club and I do believe it’s a done deal. This is my favorite book in the FBI-US Attorney’s series. I just adore the hell out of Nick and Jordan. Nick is seriously my kind of hero and I just love how large and in charge he was. I also liked how well Jordan suited him. How they suited each other.

Nick and Jordan have to pretend to be together to trap the bad guy and get Jordan’s brother out of jail. They were supposed to pretend to be together but when feelings start cropping up, things start getting real and I enjoyed the hell out of Nick and Jordan’s adventure to true love. There’s lots to recommend this story. Charming characters, a strong heroine and a hero that is swoonworthy plus a romance that sizzles. This one is a book that I plan on re-reading over and over again over the coming years. I just love this book a lot.

My one gripe remains the same gripe from my other reads of this book. I really wish we had gotten to see Nick interact with his family. It was great hearing about his siblings and parents from Nick himself but gosh I would have loved a trip to New York to visit his Ma and deliver his birthday gift to her. An introduction of Jordan to the family. That would have been the icing on this great cake. Still, this book was the bomb.

FBI-US Attorneys Series


My Rating

4.5 out of 5


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Buddy Review: On a Tuesday by Whitney G.

Posted October 18, 2017 by Rowena in Reviews | 4 Comments

On a Tuesday (One Week #1) by Whitney G.
Release Date: September 19, 2017
Publisher: Self Published, Whitney G.
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
Pages: 216
Format: eBook
Source: Bought
Buy the Book: Amazon

We met on a Tuesday.
Became best friends, then lovers, on a Tuesday.
And everything fell apart on a Tuesday…

Charlotte Taylor has three automatic strikes in my book: 1) She hates me. She also claims that I’m a “domineering jerk with a huge, overbearing ego.” (I do have something huge. It’s not my ego, though.) 2) She takes our mandatory tutoring sessions way too seriously. 3) She’s sexy as hell…And a virgin.

At least, those were her strikes before our study sessions started lasting longer than they were supposed to. Until one innocent kiss became a hundred dirty ones, and until she became the first woman I ever fell hard for.

Our future together after graduation was supposed to be set:
Professional football for me. Law school for her.

But she left me at the end of the semester with no explanation, and then she completely disappeared from my life.

Until tonight.

We met on a Tuesday.
Became everything, then nothing, on a Tuesday.
And now it’s seven years later, on a Tuesday…

On a Tuesday is the second chance romance between Charlotte and Grayson. They first meet in college when Charlotte has to tutor Grayson but when Grayson’s football career takes off they lose touch – in a painful way that they blame the other for.

Ames: All right Wena. We’re ten months into our buddy reviews and go us! Someone give us a cookie for being consistent this year. LOL

Okay, enough patting ourselves on the back. What did you think of On a Tuesday?

Rowena: A cookie sounds really good right now so I won’t turn that down. 🙂

On a Tuesday was a solid read but for some reason, I didn’t fully connect with either of the main characters.I liked them both but the heroine got on my nerves and because this was such a short story, my enjoyment suffered because of that. I mean, sure, everything works out in the end and everything is explained away but still…I don’t know, something was missing to make me completely love it.

What about you? What were your thoughts on the book?

Ames: Ever since Sincerely, Carter I’ve been a fan of Whitney G’s writing and although this wouldn’t rank as my top read by her, I still enjoyed it. I think my problem with it was that it was too short! Since the book goes between the past and present (7 years after college) I wanted more of their present than their past. Or I wanted the present flushed out a bit more. Like the reason they were kept apart? I wanted that person to be punished on the page for us to see! Like I would have been furious for 7 years gone like that! I’m just vindictive I guess. Haha

I liked how Charlotte and Grayson’s relationship developed. She didn’t want to tutor him but he had charm to spare and eventually won her over to the dark side. She wasn’t impressed by his football star status and he couldn’t resist the first woman to say no to him. I love that dynamic. I agree with you on connecting with Charlotte’s character – she was fine in college but as an adult she was a bit annoying.

Rowena: Yeah, not being able to flush these characters and their story out was a bit of a let down because like you, I wanted to see the villain pay for what she did and I needed a lot more than what we got.

The going back and forth between the past and the present was a little much for me too. I wanted more present and less past, more balance. I wanted to know what happened in the past but not at the expense of what was happening now if that makes any sense.

I will say that I could not get enough of Grayson Connors. How freaking hot was he? I enjoyed how fierce his feelings for Charlotte were and how much he knew his own mind. I loved how he was mad at her but he loved her and his love for her propelled him in everything he did to fix what was broken between them. Oh man, he totally melted me at every turn.

Ames: Grayson was totally yummy! I like how he kept looking for her even after 7 years. Even if he told himself he was mad at her, he still wanted to see her. I loved it.

I liked Charlotte’s friend too. She protected her but when she needed to she gave Charlotte a kick in the pants to get her to see things clearly.

All right Wena. I’m giving On a Tuesday 3.75 out of 5. I enjoyed it but it didn’t wow. And it was too short. What about you?

Rowena: Yes, to all of that.

I give this book a 3.75 out of 5, too. Grade twins!

Ames and I are on such a roll this month that we’ll be reviewing two books together for October so be on the look out for our buddy review on Played by Jen Frederick.

Have you read On a Tuesday by Whitney G. yet? What did you think? Did you enjoy it more or less than we did? Tell us how you really feel in the comments!


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