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Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Still Need to Read

Posted November 12, 2019 by Rowena in Books, Features | 4 Comments

Top Ten Tuesday started over at The Broke and the Bookish back in 2010 but has moved over to That Artsy Girl. Each week, a topic is chosen and participants share their top ten lists on their blogs or if you don’t have a blog, you can leave your lists in the comment section of your favorite book blogs. This week’s topic is:

Books By My Favorite Authors That I Still Need to Read

I’m going off-topic this week because the real topic is something that I don’t use, ever. I’m a digital reader so I don’t use bookmarks and I don’t have any favorite bookmarks to share so instead of doing that topic, today I’ll be listing the top ten books that I still haven’t read…by my favorite authors. It’s weird, right? I always thought that I would read every single book that my favorite authors have written and while that’s true for some of my favorite authors, it’s not true for all of them. This post is dedicated to those authors. I’m putting myself on blast and I’m okay with that. Here are the books that made my top ten this week. Check it out: The Kingmaker (All the Kings Men #1) by Kennedy Ryan Released on October 28, 2019 Publisher: Self-Published Genres: Contemporary, Romance Pages: 344 Format: eBook Source: Kindle Unlimited
𝙋𝙤𝙬𝙚𝙧. 𝙋𝙖𝙨𝙨𝙞𝙤𝙣. 𝘽𝙚𝙩𝙧𝙖𝙮𝙖𝙡. 𝗥𝗜𝗧𝗔® 𝗔𝘄𝗮𝗿𝗱-𝘄𝗶𝗻𝗻𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗮𝘂𝘁𝗵𝗼𝗿 𝗞𝗲𝗻𝗻𝗲𝗱𝘆 𝗥𝘆𝗮𝗻 𝗱𝗲𝗹𝗶𝘃𝗲𝗿𝘀 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗲𝗽𝗶𝗰 𝗳𝗶𝗿𝘀𝘁 𝗶𝗻𝘀𝘁𝗮𝗹𝗹𝗺𝗲𝗻𝘁 𝗼𝗳 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗔𝗹𝗹 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗞𝗶𝗻𝗴’𝘀 𝗠𝗲𝗻 𝗗𝘂𝗲𝘁. Raised to rule, bred to lead and weaned on a diet of ruthless ambition. In a world of haves and have nots, my family has it all, and I want nothing to do with it. My path takes me far from home and paints me as the black sheep. At odds with my father, I’m determined to build my own empire. I have rules, but Lennix Hunter is the exception to every one of them. From the moment we meet, something sparks between us. But my family stole from hers and my father is the man she hates most. I lied to have her, and would do anything to keep her. Though she tries to hate me, too, the inexorable pull between us will not be denied. 𝘈𝘯𝘥 𝘯𝘦𝘪𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘳 𝘸𝘪𝘭𝘭 𝘐.
Fire and Ice (Buchanan-Renard #7) by Julie Garwood Released on December 30, 2009 Publisher: Ballantine Genres: Contempmorary. Romance Pages: 320 Format: eBook Source: Purchased
Sophie Rose, a tough and determined newspaper reporter, is the daughter of Bobby Rose, a suave, charming, and handsome gentleman who also happens to be a notorious big-time thief sought by every law-enforcement agency in the country. When the major Chicago daily where she works insists she writes an expose about her roguish father, Sophie refuses, quits her job, and goes to work at a small newspaper. Far from her onetime high-powered crime beat, she now covers local personalities such as the quirky winner of several area 5K runs whose trademark is goofy red socks. That red socks-with Sophie’s business card neatly tucked inside-are practically all that’s found after runner William Harrington is killed near Prudhoe Bay, Alaska, seemingly the victim of a brutal death by a polar bear. The Alaska cops want to know why Harrington carried Sophie’s card. With an unerring nose for a good story, she heads north. What Sophie doesn’t realize is that on her journey from Chicago to Prudhoe Bay, danger follows in her wake. After one attempt on her life, she’s been assigned brash but sexy Jack MacAlister as a bodyguard by the cautious FBI. Amid great peril and deadly intrigue in the unforgiving Alaskan terrain, she and Jack form an uneasy alliance sparked with sensual attraction. But they will soon be fighting more than their growing passion for each other. Powerful forces will stop at nothing to prevent the exposure of the sinister conspiracy Sophie and Jack are about to uncover. A captivating mystery, unyielding desire, unrelenting action in a setting both beautiful and lethal-Julie Garwood weaves these thrilling elements into a heat-generating masterpiece of romantic suspense.
Someone to Watch Over Me (Bow Street Runners #1) by Lisa Kleypas Released on May 1, 1999 Publisher: Avon Genres: Historical, Romance Pages: 362 Format: eBook Source: Purchased
Grant Morgan is one of London’s most eligible and unattainable bachelors. He’s also a powerful member of the Bow Street Runners, and when he’s called to the waterfront late one night to investigate a drowning victim, Grant is stunned to recognize the face of Vivien Rose Duvall, a well-known woman of the night. He’s even more startled when he realizes that she’s alive. With no one to care for her, Grant carries Vivien to his home and revives her, only to learn that she is suffering from amnesia. Vivien hesitantly accepts her handsome rescuer’s claim that she is his mistress, despite her misgivings about her true identity. Nevertheless, she can’t deny the marks on her throat that prove her near-drowning in the Thames was not an accident, and now she must trust the man who claims her as his paramour, for her life is in danger. As Grant searches for Vivien’s attacker, the two find themselves falling in love, all the while struggling to stay one step ahead of the evil forces that will stop at nothing to see Vivien dead.
The Search by Nora Roberts Released on July 6, 2010 Publisher: Putnam Adult Genres: Romantic Suspense Pages: 488 Format: eBook Source: Purchased
To most people, Fiona Bristow seems to have an idyllic life: a quaint house on an island off Seattle’s coast, a thriving dog-training school, and a challenging volunteer job performing canine search and rescue. Not to mention her three intensely loyal Labs. But Fiona got to this point by surviving a nightmare. Several years ago, she was the only survivor of a serial killer — a madman who stalked and abducted young women, strangled them, and left them buried with a red scarf on their bodies. As authorities were closing in on the Red Scarf Killer, he shot and killed Fiona’s cop fiancé and his K-9 partner. On Orcas Island, Fiona has found the peace and solitude she needed to rebuild her life. Yet all that changes on the day Simon Doyle barrels up her drive, desperate for her help. He’s the reluctant owner of an out-of-control puppy, foisted upon him by his mother. Jaws has eaten through Simon’s house, and he’s at his wit’s end. To Fiona, Jaws is nothing she can’t handle. Simon is another matter. A newcomer to Orcas, he’s a rugged and intensely private artist, known for creating exquisite furniture. Simon never wanted a puppy, and he most definitely doesn’t want a woman. Besides, the lanky redhead is not his type. But tell that to the laws of attraction. As Fiona embarks on training Jaws and as Simon begins to appreciate both dog and trainer, the past tears back into Fiona’s life. A copycat killer has emerged out of the shadows, a man whose bloodlust has been channeled by a master with one motive: to reclaim the woman who slipped out of his hands.
The Secret Diaries of Miss Miranda Cheever (Bevelstoke #1) by Julia Quinn Released on June 26, 2007 Publisher: Avon Genres: Historical, Romance Pages: 373 Format: eBook Source: Purchased
2 March 1810… Today, I fell in love. At the age of ten, Miranda Cheever showed no signs of Great Beauty. And even at ten, Miranda learned to accept the expectations society held for her—until the afternoon when Nigel Bevelstoke, the handsome and dashing Viscount Turner, solemnly kissed her hand and promised her that one day she would grow into herself, that one day she would be as beautiful as she already was smart. And even at ten, Miranda knew she would love him forever. But the years that followed were as cruel to Turner as they were kind to Miranda. She is as intriguing as the viscount boldly predicted on that memorable day—while he is a lonely, bitter man, crushed by a devastating loss. But Miranda has never forgotten the truth she set down on paper all those years earlier—and she will not allow the love that is her destiny to slip lightly through her fingers…
Tangled (Tangled #1) by Emma Chase Released on May 19, 2013 Publisher: Self Published Genres: Contemporary, Romance Pages: 254 Format: eBook Source: Purchased
Drew Evans is a winner. Handsome and arrogant, he makes multimillion-dollar business deals and seduces New York’s most beautiful women with just a smile. He has loyal friends and an indulgent family. So why has he been shuttered in his apartment for seven days, miserable and depressed? He’ll tell you he has the flu. But we all know that’s not really true. Katherine Brooks is brilliant, beautiful and ambitious. She refuses to let anything – or anyone – derail her path to success. When Kate is hired as the new associate at Drew’s father’s investment banking firm, every aspect of the dashing playboy’s life is thrown into a tailspin. The professional competition she brings is unnerving, his attraction to her is distracting, his failure to entice her into his bed is exasperating. Then, just when Drew is on the cusp of having everything he wants, his overblown confidence threatens to ruin it all. Will he be able untangle his feelings of lust and tenderness, frustration and fulfillment? Will he rise to the most important challenge of his life? Can Drew Evans win at love? Tangled is not your mother’s romance novel. It is an outrageous, passionate, witty narrative about a man who knows a lot about women…just not as much as he thinks he knows. As he tells his story, Drew learns the one thing he never wanted in life, is the only thing he can’t live without.
Shifting Shadows (Mercy Thompson) by Patricia Briggs Released on September 2, 2014 Publisher: Ace Genres: Urban Fantasy Pages: 450 Format: eBook Source: Gifted
Mercy Thompson’s world just got a whole lot bigger… A collection of all-new and previously published short stories featuring Mercy Thompson, “one of the best heroines in the urban fantasy genre today” (Fiction Vixen Book Reviews), and the characters she calls friends… Includes the new stories… “Silver” “Roses in Winter” “Redemption” Mercy Thompson’s world just got a whole lot bigger… A collection of all-new and previously published short stories featuring Mercy Thompson, “one of the best heroines in the urban fantasy genre today” (Fiction Vixen Book Reviews), and the characters she calls friends… Includes the new stories… “Silver” “Roses in Winter” “Redemption” “Hollow” …and reader favorites “Fairy Gifts” “Gray” “Alpha and Omega” “Seeing Eye” “The Star of David” “In Red, with Pearls”
Dear Aaron by Mariana Zapata Released on June 10, 2017 Publisher: Self Publihsed Genres: Contemporary, Romance Pages: 485 Format: eBook Source: Purchased
Ruby Santos knew exactly what she was getting herself into when she signed up to write a soldier overseas. The guidelines were simple: one letter or email a week for the length of his or her deployment. Care packages were optional. Been there, done that. She thought she knew what to expect. What she didn’t count on was falling in love with the guy.
After Hello by Mhairi McFarlane Released on January 26, 2017 Publisher: Harper Collins Genres: Contemporary, Romance Pages: 89 Format: eBook Source: Purchased
A short story sequel to the bestselling romcom You Had Me At Hello! In You Had Me At Hello, the one who got away came back… but what happened next? Together, apart and then back together again, Rachel and Ben had a rollercoaster ride to get here. But now happily in love and partners in crime once more, it feels like it’s all been worth it. But when a face from the past reappears, misunderstandings come between them once more. Can they hold on to their happy ever after?
Save the Date by Morgan Matson Released on June 5, 2018 Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers Genres: Young Adult Pages: 417 Format: eBook Source: Purchased
Charlie Grant’s older sister is getting married this weekend at their family home, and Charlie can’t wait for the first time in years, all four of her older siblings will be under one roof. Charlie is desperate for one last perfect weekend, before the house is sold and everything changes. The house will be filled with jokes and games and laughs again. Making decisions about things like what college to attend and reuniting with longstanding crush Jesse Foster all that can wait. She wants to focus on making the weekend perfect. The only problem? The weekend is shaping up to be an absolute disaster. There’s the unexpected dog with a penchant for howling, house alarm that won’t stop going off, and a papergirl with a grudge. There are the relatives who aren’t speaking, the (awful) girl her favorite brother brought home unannounced, and a missing tuxedo. Not to mention the neighbor who seems to be bent on sabotage and a storm that is bent on drenching everything. The justice of the peace is missing. The band will only play covers. The guests are all crazy. And the wedding planner’s nephew is unexpectedly, distractedly cute. Over the course of three ridiculously chaotic days, Charlie will learn more than she ever expected about the family she thought she knew by heart. And she’ll realize that sometimes, trying to keep everything like it was in the past means missing out on the future.
What about you? What are some books by your favorite authors that you still haven’t read? I’d love to read all about it in the comments so please share with the class!

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Buddy Review: Mystery Man by Kristen Ashley

Posted January 17, 2019 by Rowena in Books, Reviews | 8 Comments

Buddy Review: Mystery Man by Kristen AshleyMystery Man
by Kristen Ashley
Series: Dream Man #1
Published by Hachette, Forever on July 11, 2011
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Point of View:First Person
Pages: 494
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
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one-half-stars

Night time is the right time...

Gwendolyn Kidd has met the man of her dreams. He's hot, he's sexy, and what started as a no-names-exchanged night of passion has blossomed into a year and a half-long pleasure fest. Sure, it's a little strange that he only appears in her bed at night, but Gwen is so sure he's the one, she just can't turn him away...

Hawk Delgado knows more about Gwen than she could ever imagine. She's gorgeous, headstrong, and skittish about relationships. But Hawk is facing his own demons, demons that keep him from connecting with anyone. Yet when Gwen is drawn into Denver's lethal underground scene, Hawk's protective nature comes out full force. The problem is, when Gwen gets a dose of Hawk's Alpha attitude in the daylight, she's not so sure he's the one anymore....

Rowena: Time got away from me last month so I’m just now getting around to posting our December review of Mystery Man from Kristen Ashley (sorry guys!) We’re just going to jump right in guys. So what did you guys think? Yay or nay? Shy: I’m so sorry to say that this book is terrible. Did no one proofread this mess? Less than a paragraph in, I knew this was going to be torture. Her writing style is painfully redundant, I felt like I was reading an adult version of Dr. Seuss. I am Sam, Sam I Am. I just couldn’t get past her writing. Then the nerve to have ole sweet pea as a book author. Rowena: Ha! Welcome to the world of Kristen Ashley. She was a self-published author before she was picked up by Forever (her traditional publisher) but yes, you’re right. Kristen Ashley writes super long romances with huge chunks of unnecessary shit. Too bad for this book, my gripe was more focused on the characters and how idiotic, condescending and just outright stupid they were. What about you, Tash? What did you think? I think of the three of us, Tash was the only one that liked this one. Tasha: This was my second go of this book and I wasn’t as excited. I actually liked the book, just maybe not as much as the first time around. Gwen got on my nerves, her “mystery man” was borderline psycho but the whole story with the bikers, the law enforcement guys, her issues, his issues….it was a good read! I probably liked it more because this was the first book I read where the girls come together and have their night to hang out and talk about whatever. It reminded me of our monthly book discussions and how we all do pretty much the same thing. Of course, we talk about our book but then we pretty much catch up and share the latest news with our lives. I LOVE IT!! And the other reason I liked the book? It called to my inner naughty girl. The fact that a total stranger comes to her bed in the middle of the night totally rocks her world and leaves her sated is kinda of HOT & SEXY to me (don’t judge me, LOL). On Fantasy Island, I wouldn’t mind a mysterious stud hooking me up on the daily. As long as it was the SAME guy, of course. Enough about me, let’s get back to the book…I think Gwen got on my nerves because all the hot guys wanted her. And the way she kept bouncing back & forth into the arms of the next gent who was willing to catch her, was so annoying, SMH. Hawk was irritating me too. I mean, there’s Alpha and then there’s Psycho Alpha. Hawk was the latter. It’s like he was two people, almost. Daytime Hawk- broody, bossy, jerk, all business; Nighttime Hawk- mysterious, sexy, freakin’ love machine. Gwen had to learn to accept both sides of this man. I’m a fan of Kristen Ashley and I agree, her material can be really “wordy” and lots of unnecessary stuff gets in there, but I like her stories. This book actually led me to some amazing reads in this series. Rowena: I did enjoy Gwen’s squad and how they had her back no matter what. I loved that Hawk’s assistant got in on that action as well and was able to share her input on Hawk’s background. Sure, it was the same guy that was sneaking into her room and banging her three ways till Sunday but dude, out of all of those times, she couldn’t ask him for his name? I didn’t like how alpha Hawk was because there were a lot of consent issues where he was concerned. There were far too many times when Gwen would be like, NO YOU CAN’T DO THIS and Hawk would just bulldoze over those feelings because he knew better than her. He annoyed the shit out of me and even in the end, I couldn’t stand him so there was really no saving this book for me. What do you think, Shy? Shy: This book… I just couldn’t. Honestly, I hated it. How in the blue monkey hell do you go from phantom fuck (sorry excuse the language) to happy ever after? Its just weird and wrong and hell, desperate even. I guess I just personally have an issue with female characters that are ditsy, helpless and desperate lol. I’m sure this author has come a long way since this book but I’m not picking anything up by her any time soon. The only thing I liked about the book was the stepmom. I tried really hard, Tasha, to find some sorta saving grace in this book that would help me fluff my review a little. However, you taught me valuable lesson years ago that it would be a disservice to the author to not give a genuine review lol I just couldn’t with this book, I don’t think I ever hated an author’s writing so much. I’m all for living out my inner slut vicariously through a book, I get the no string attached but we should at least be on a first name basis (alias and all). This human would prefer to forego his government name and be called daddy? That, I get. But him creeping in and out of your house (and you didn’t even give him a key) at all hours of the night, you can’t speak to him, you don’t know his name smh. No, just hell nah. Rowena: LOL, right??? She didn’t know shit about him and then when she finally does meet him? He knows EVERYTHING about her and is bossing her around, leaving her no room to make her own decisions but she didn’t think that was weird? GTFOH. Another issue I had with Hawk and just everything was his attitude toward Gwen’s past hurts. Like because she was just cheated on, her hurt over her sister’s betrayal wasn’t important, she should get over herself because at least her sister is still alive for her to be mad at? I mean, fuck you very much. Then after they break up and his Mom shows up and tries to guilt trip Gwen, like it was her fault and she’s supposed to fix things? Everyone can get all the way the fuck up out of here with that shit. I give this a 1 out of 5 stars rating. What about you, Shy? Shy: I don’t give it any stars, lol. Tasha: Bwahahahahaha, this one gets 4 out of 5 stars from me.
Final Grade
Rowena: 1 out of 5 Shy: 0 out of 5 Tasha: 4 out of 5
Dream Man Series
So…did you read this book? Did you like it or hate it (like us)? Haha, share your thoughts in the comments!
one-half-stars

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The Wednesday Post (3)

Posted January 16, 2019 by Rowena in Books, Features | 16 Comments

So I’ve been playing around with things that I want to do on this blog and I’ve been wanting to do a mid-week check in so that I can chat about the books that I’m reading that week. What’s working for me and what’s not but I also want to keep a running list of books that I cannot wait to get my greedy little hands on. I decided that I’m going to do a mashup of the Can’t Wait Wednesday and WWW Wednesday posts here on my blog. Can’t Wait Wednesday is hosted by Tessa over at Wishful Endings and it was based on Waiting on Wednesday that was hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine. WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme that is hosted by Sam at Taking on a World of Words. Here are the books from my reading week so far.
WWW Wednesday

What did you recently finish reading?

The Wrong Game by Kandi Steiner
I was hoping that I’d like this book a lot more than I did. I was bored with a lot of the last half of the book and the first half of the book, the heroine annoyed the shit out of me but the hero was the bomb and I adored him. So it wasn’t the best but it wasn’t the worst book ever so..:()

What are you currently reading?

Blood Kiss (Black Dagger Legacy #1) by J.R. Ward
My book club meeting is fast approaching (on Monday) so I really need to get this book read and a discussion prepped for it. I am not a fan of J.R. Ward so really…wish me luck!

What do you think you’ll read next?

One and Only (Bridesmaids Behaving Badly #1) by Jenny Holiday
I have the third book in this series for review and it comes out next week so I need to hurry up and get this read as well. I’m looking forward to diving into this series since I’ve been hearing nothing but good things about it. Woot!
Can’t Wait Wednesday
The Wednesday Post (3)Passion on Park Avenue
by Lauren Layne
Series: The Central Park Pact #1
Published by Simon & Schuster, Gallery Books on May 28, 2019
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 288
Add It: Goodreads

From the author of the New York Times bestselling Stiletto and Oxford series, the first in a sizzling new series following the unlikely friendship of three Upper East Side women as they struggle to achieve their dreams and find true love and happiness in the city that never sleeps.

For as long as she can remember, Bronx-born Naomi Powell has had one goal: to prove her worth among the Upper East Side elite—the same people for which her mom worked as a housekeeper. Now, as the strongminded, sassy CEO of one of the biggest jewelry empires in the country, Naomi finally has exactly what she wants—but it’s going to take more than just the right address to make Manhattan’s upper class stop treating her like an outsider.

The worst offender is her new neighbor, Oliver Cunningham—the grown son of the very family Naomi’s mother used to work for. Oliver used to torment Naomi when they were children, and as a ridiculously attractive adult, he’s tormenting her in entirely different ways. Now they find themselves engaged in a battle-of-wills that will either consume or destroy them…

Filled with charm and heart and plenty of sex and snark, this entertaining series will hook you from the very first page.

I’m pretty thirsty for this book to come out already. I will devour anything and everything that Lauren Layne releases and I’m not even ashamed about that. She’s at the top of my favorite authors lists and I enjoy her writing style so much. I have every faith that this book is going to be the bomb so this is what I look like right now…
So, what are you reading this week? Anything good? Anything that you want to rant about? Are you looking forward to Passion on Park Avenue? What other books are you looking forward to releasing this year?

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The Weekly Recap (117)

Posted January 14, 2019 by Rowena in Books, Features | 10 Comments

It was a pretty quiet week for me. I didn’t do much because the weather in L.A. is pretty dreary. Bren and Ken did have a game on Friday that I went to and I got into it with some punk ass white boy who was talking shit about Kenna like he knew anything about her. Calling her a lazy ass who doesn’t help her teammates like it was Kenna’s fault that his girlfriend can’t break a damn press. The thing about it though was she couldn’t get past one person who was guarding her really close. That girl was eating her up and stripping the ball from her time and time again. It is not Kenna’s fault that his girlfriend is a trash point guard and exposes herself with every game. The only bad thing about all of that was I went off on him about how his girlfriend is trash and his girlfriend’s family was sitting a few rows in front of me so now they know that I think their daughter sucks ass but *shrugs* it can’t be helped now. I meant it too but because her Mom has been nothing but nice to me, I felt a little bad. Oh well. Don’t start nothing, won’t be nothing. The thing about it was the boyfriend stood right in back of me, talking all of his shit about Kenna. Like he blamed Kenna for the loss but nope, that was a team loss and Kenna didn’t lead that game in turnovers so he better go somewhere with his dumbass. And why in the hell would you talk all this shit directly in back of Kenna’s family? How disrespectful is that? And Kenna would eat his girlfriend up if they were to go one on one so honestly…he’s an idiot. He was also analyzing the game like he was a coach or something and the fool doesn’t even play anywhere except the local parks and rec league.
Anyway, onto the books…
What I’m Currently Reading
The Weekly Recap (117)The Wrong Game
by Kandi Steiner
Published by Kandi Steiner on October 18, 2018
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Point of View:Alternating First Person
Pages: 393
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
Add It: Goodreads
Reading Challenges:2019 GoodReads Challenge

Two season tickets. One genius idea. Zero interest in a relationship.

The plan is simple: a brand new, hot, preferably funny, definitely single male will fill one of those seats for every Bears game at Soldier Field. And I’ll fill the other.

I can’t think of a better way to use the season passes I’d bought for my ex-husband. I am a woman of plans, and this one’s foolproof.

Until Zach Bowen offers to be my practice round.

He’s infuriating. Presumptuous and overbearing. And absolutely, undeniably gorgeous. Any woman with a heartbeat would be attracted to him, and mine picks up speed every time he speaks.

But as I said, I’m a woman of plans — and I’m not backing down on this one.

One night. One game. And then, his time’s up.

He can try to change the rules, but here’s the truth: he can’t win if he’s playing the wrong game.

The Wrong Game is a stand-alone, angsty, enemies-to-lovers sports romance.

I’m about halfway through this book and am enjoying it though I’m not seeing what is presented in the blurb. I’m going to be reviewing this one with Holly so you’ll see what I end up thinking of the book as a whole on Book Binge soon. I hope this one continues to be good.
What I Read
Governess Gone Rogue (Dear Lady Truelove #3) by Laura Lee Guhrke (eARC) | 4 out of 5 Hoops Holiday (Hoops #2.5) by Kennedy Ryan (Kindle Unlimited) | 4.25 out of 5 Right Where I Want You by Jessica Hawkins (eBook) | 4 out of 5
My favorite read of the week goes to Hoops Holiday by Kennedy Ryan. It was such a sweet and fun romance between two people that were perfect for each other. There’s some angst and even though the book was super short, the romance was done in a believable way and I just adored it to pieces.
What I Reviewed
Hate Notes by Vi Keeland & Penelope Ward | 4 out of 5 Famous in a Small Town by Emma Mills | 4 out of 5
What I Posted
The Weekly Recap (116) The Monthly Recap: December 2018 The Wednesday Post (2) My Personal and Blogging Goals for 2019
What I Got
Nothing new this week. I’m trying to get the books I already have read first.
What I Got for Review
Bad Influence (Bad Bachelors #3) by Stefanie London Ayesha at Last by Uzma Jalaluddin
What Made Me Laugh
There you have it, my week in review. How was your week?

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My Personal, Reading, and Blogging Goals for 2019

Posted January 10, 2019 by Rowena in Books | 22 Comments

I’m a little late with this because I’ve been planning and getting my stuff in order but I wanted to get this posted so that I can have it on hand for my monthly recaps. I’ll be tracking my progress throughout the year so I’m low key excited. Here are my personal, blogging, and reading goals for the year 2019.
Personal

Focus more energy on my health

2018 was the year that I finally took my health under control. I did a long awaited physical, ran all of the tests to find out what (if anything) was wrong with me and now I know. So now that I know what’s wrong with me, 2019 will be the year that I start to manage my health and focus my energy on getting my body and my health right. I signed up for a local low key gym with my bestie and my goal will be to go at least 3-5 a week so that I can make my 150 minutes of work out time a week. The gym thing is more me supporting my best friend than me wanting to go and work out but since I’m paying for the membership, I’m going to need to use it.

Drink more water

I don’t drink nearly as much water as I should and it’s the cheapest drink! Considering how cheap I am, I should drink more water and my doctor really wants me to develop healthier drinking habits so water, water, water it is.

Start budgeting and focusing on saving money

This is one of those goals that I set every year and every year I fail miserably at it. Well, I still need to do it and I’ve been reading different budget plans so I’m really going to make a go of it this year. For realsies this time.

Be a better friend

I am a creature of habit and honestly, if you’re not one of my coworkers or in my family then I could go weeks and months without keeping in contact with you. My best friend lives 10 minutes away from me and I only see her at book club. I want to nurture the friendships that I have in real life and even the ones that I have online. I want to be in the know on everything going on in all of my friend’s lives so that we don’t spend most of our conversations catching up. I don’t want to forget anyone’s birthday so I’m going to work on that too.

Stop being so petty

If you ask anyone that knows me, I’m a freaking petty ass bitch. If you piss me off, I’m going to get you back and more than once, Brenna has told me that I need to be nicer to those around me so this year…I’m going to try to not be so petty over every damn thing. Wish me the most luck on this one. I’m going to need it.
Blogging

Write more personal posts

I come across a lot of funny things that I want to blog about but I never do. This is the year that I focus more energy on writing personal posts. I want to write posts about what I’m laughing at, what recipes I’m trying and just other stuff. I’ve baked a few things that I really liked and were hits with my family so I’m going to write those recipes up and share them with you guys. Hopefully.

Write more posts ahead of time

I tend to wait until the last minute to write up posts all the dang time but I’m really going to work on that in 2019 because I need to get my ass in gear and organize my thoughts, my blogs and just every damn thing.

Finalize my Blogging Schedule and Stick with It

I keep changing things around here and 2019 is going to be the year that I finally choose which weekly memes and even naming my own weekly features correctly and stick with it. I’m going back to Eye Candy Friday instead of Book Boyfriend of the Week so that I can feature my TV and Movie Boyfriends on there too. I’m also going to combine a couple of weekly memes into one post that will go up on Wednesdays and you know, stuff like that.

Write a Review for Every Book I Read

I try to do this every year and 2018 was a really good year for this. I want to keep that same energy where my review writing is concerned in 2019 so wish me luck.

Start Posting on Instagram

I need to be more active on my Instagram account, both my personal one and my book blog one. I keep saying that I’m going to be better about it and I keep lying to myself and to my blogging teammates but no more. 2019 I’m going to get my Instagram shit together for real, for real.
Reading

Read more diverse romances

I’ve got a list of diverse romances that I want to read and I’m going to make more of an effort to pay attention to the diversity in the books that I read. I never did before but brown folks like me need love too so I need to look out for those books and read them.

Read at least 20 new to me authors

I tend to stick to what I know, reading-wise, and that needs to change. I want to find more hidden gems, even if I’ve been hiding them from myself. There are a lot of new to me authors on my TBR pile that I hope to finally get around to reading this year.

Read more books from my TBR pile

Like the budget goal, reading more books from my TBR pile is a goal that I set every year and most of the time, I fail but last year was actually a decent year for me reading from my TBR pile. I’m hoping to keep that party train going into this year. I even made up a fun reading challenge to track all the books that I read from my TBR pile.

Complete All of my Reading Challenges

I’m so hyped to be participating in reading challenges again. I took last year off from them and I got bored so this year, I’m jazzing up my reading with some fun reading challenges and I hope to finish them all.

Use Kindle Unlimited and Audible Romance Package

I pay for these monthly but I don’t read or listen to any of them unless it’s an author that I’ve been looking forward to or love. I need to make better use of these subscriptions because I’m wasting money as it is right now.
What are some of your goals for 2019? Share in the comments and let’s work on these things together!

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