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The Weekly Recap (112)

Posted November 26, 2018 by Rowena in Books, Features | 2 Comments

I had a really busy week with family activities, family in town for Thanksgiving, and work obligations but I survived and all is well. We celebrated birthdays (mine included), we played fugitive (which is the most fun I’ve had playing a game in such a long time), there was karaoke, surrey rides, rollerskating and just a whole lot of family togetherness this week and I loved every minute. I’m also completely exhausted and ready to get back to my boring life, haha.

Here’s our birthday green wall picture for Ahbrey, myself and my nephew Markus (Caiden’s Dad). I had some alone time with Caiden this week and that was probably the highlight of my week. There’s so many of us that it’s hard to always get to spend time with him because normally, he’s annoyed that everyone was to hug him and hold him and the little guy just wants to be left alone but on Friday night, I was able to hang out with him while everyone else went and did things and it was great. After he played in the bath for the longest time ever, we watched Tarzan and snuggled until everyone came home and he fell asleep. He’ll be here in L.A. until Thursday so I’m glad that I’ll get some more time with the little guy. He’s such a cutie!!

Now, onto the books…

What I’m Currently Reading
The Weekly Recap (112)My Favorite Half-Night Stand by Christina Lauren
Published by Simon & Schuster, Gallery Books on December 4, 2018
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 400
Format: eARC
Source: Publisher, NetGalley
Add It: Goodreads

By the New York Times bestselling author who “hilariously depicts modern dating” (Us Weekly), My Favorite Half-Night Stand is a laugh-out-loud romp through online dating and its many, many fails.

Millie Morris has always been one of the guys. A UC Santa Barbara professor, she’s a female-serial-killer expert who’s quick with a deflection joke and terrible at getting personal. And she, just like her four best guy friends and fellow professors, is perma-single.

So when a routine university function turns into a black tie gala, Mille and her circle make a pact that they’ll join an online dating service to find plus-ones for the event. There’s only one hitch: after making the pact, Millie and one of the guys, Reid Campbell, secretly spend the sexiest half-night of their lives together, but mutually decide the friendship would be better off strictly platonic.

But online dating isn’t for the faint of heart. While the guys are inundated with quality matches and potential dates, Millie’s first profile attempt garners nothing but dick pics and creepers. Enter “Catherine”—Millie’s fictional profile persona, in whose make-believe shoes she can be more vulnerable than she’s ever been in person. Soon “Catherine” and Reid strike up a digital pen-pal-ship...but Millie can’t resist temptation in real life, either. Soon, Millie will have to face her worst fear—intimacy—or risk losing her best friend, forever.

Perfect for fans of Roxanne and She’s the Man, Christina Lauren’s latest romantic comedy is full of mistaken identities, hijinks, and a classic love story with a modern twist. Funny and fresh, you’ll want to swipe right on My Favorite Half-Night Stand.

I really need to pick up my reading again because I can’t be taking weeks off of regular reading if I’m going to stay on top of my reading goals and review pile. I’m going to pick this book up today and hopefully like it. Wish me luck! 🙂

What I Read

Save the Date by Carrie Aarons | 2 out of 5

I’ve been wanting to read this book for ages now and finally got around to trying out this author last week. This book was a bit of a snoozefest for me. I mean, it does pick up but I didn’t exactly enjoy this book. The heroine pissed me off and so did the hero. The heroine’s reasons for not wanting to get married didn’t make sense, her personality was trash and the hero basically forces the heroine to be his woman. Sure, they’re best friends but ehhh, I just didn’t really enjoy this one. I did like the heroine’s sister and her little storyline. But that’s pretty much it. Meh.

Book Boyfriend

Adam Hauptman
Silver Borne by Patricia Briggs

What I Reviewed

Highlander Most Wanted (Montgomery’s & Armstrongs #2) by Maya Banks | 3.25 out of 5
The Other Miss Bridgerton (The Rokesbys #3) by Julia Quinn 4.25 out of 5
Sleepover by Serena Bell | 4 out of 5

What I Posted

The Weekly Recap (111)
Can’t Wait Wednesday: Fame, Fate, and the First Kiss by Kasie West
Book Boyfriend: Adam Hauptman from Bones Crossed by Patricia Briggs

What I Got

Muffin Top (The Hartleys #2) by Avery Flynn
The Assist (Smart Jocks #1) by Rebecca Jenshak
A Nordic King by Karina Halle

What I Got for Review

Fumbled (Playbook #2) by Alexa Martin
The Key to Happily Ever After by Tif Marcelo
Famous in a Small Town by Emma Mills

What Made Me Laugh

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


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The Weekly Recap (109)

Posted November 5, 2018 by Rowena in Books, Features | 4 Comments

This week was a pretty eventful one for me and my family. We had our annual pumpkin painting and carving night on Monday and then we had our annual Halloween party on the night of Halloween. Kids starting showing up for trick or treating at like 4:30 pm and they kept right on coming until damn near 10 pm. Trick or Treating is poppin’ in my neighborhood. We had our usual Halloween goodies on display for our party. Halloween treats that included Rice Krispies shaped pumpkins, Frankenstein grapes and marshmallow cups, oreo spiders, and you know all of that kind of kid-friendly stuff. I can’t seem to find any pictures of our set up though I know that it was all over the kids snap chat but I didn’t get them so oh well, sorry. But here’s a picture of our kids all dressed up for trick or treating.

This week was also for our family viewing of Netflix’s The Haunting of Hill House. Watching it with my sisters was a crack up. They screamed every ten minutes over things that weren’t even that scary because they’re super extra but it was still fun. I’ve lost count of how many people I made watch that show and how many different discussions I’ve had on that show, too. If you haven’t watched it, I highly recommend it. It’s more interesting than scary though there are some jumpy moments.

This week was also for Caiden’s first haircut. I’ll share pictures later because I’m too lazy to add them right now but I promise, I’ll share.

Now, onto the books…

What I’m Currently Reading
The Weekly Recap (109)Silver Borne by Patricia Briggs
Series: Mercy Thompson #5
Also in this series: Silver Borne
Published by Penguin, Ace on March 30, 2010
Genres: Paranormal, Romance
Point of View: First Person
Pages: 342
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
Add It: Goodreads

Mercy Thompson, car mechanic and shapeshifter, never knows what the day - or night - may bring in a world where "witches, vampires, werewolves, and shapeshifters live beside ordinary people" (Booklist). But she is about to learn that while some secrets are dangerous whose who seek them are just plain deadly...

Mercy is smart enough to realize that when it comes to the magical fae, the less you know, the better. But you can't always get what you want. When she attempts to return a powerful fae she previously borrowed in an act of desperation, she finds the bookstore locked up and closed down.

It seems the book contains secrets - and the fae will do just about anything to keep it out of the wrong hands. And if that doesn't take enough of Mercy's attention, her friend Samuel is struggling with his wolf side - leaving Mercy to cover for him lest his own father declare Samuel's life forfeit.

All in all, Mercy has had better days. And if she isn't careful, she may not have many more...

I’m slowly making my way through the Mercy Thompson series and really enjoying all of this storytelling. I’m loving Mercy and all of the shenanigans she gets herself into and I’m curious to see where Samuel’s story arc will lead us. Does he get his own mate and will we see it here in the MT world or on his own? Does anyone know?

I’m almost done with Silver Borne and it’s another good one so I’m a happy camper.

What I Read

Bone Crossed (Mercy Thompson #4) by Patricia Briggs | 4 out of 5
Sleepover by Serena Bell | 4 out of 5
Highlander Most Wanted (Montgomery’s & Armstrongs #2) by Maya Banks | 4.25 out of 5

My favorite read of the week is definitely Highlander Most Wanted by Maya Banks and I’m anxious for more from these guys. I really hope that we get the next book in February like it says on Goodreads because it looks like a lot of readers have given up on it…so fingers crossed.

I don’t really have a least favorite because I enjoyed all of the books I read. I was annoyed when reading Sleepover though because I was under the impression that it was a standalone but there are recurring characters in that book, the couples from Do Over and Head over Heels so it would have been nice to know that.

Book Boyfriend

Raj Sen
Rebel Hard by Nalini Singh

What I Reviewed

Block Shot (Hoops #2) by Kennedy Ryan | 4.25 out of 5
Seduction of a Highland Lass (McCabe Trilogy #2) by Maya Banks | 4.75 out of 5
Never Love a Highlander (McCabe Trilogy #3) by Maya Banks | 4.5 out of 5

What I Posted

The Weekly Recap (108)
My TBR Pile: November 2018
Can’t Wait Wednesday: Storm Cursed by Patricia Briggs
Book Boyfriend: Raj Sen from Rebel Hard by Nalini Singh

What I Got

Forgotten Sins (Sin Brothers #1) by Rebecca Zanetti
Addicted to You (Addicted #1) by Krista & Becca Ritchie
The Studying Hours (How to Date a Douchebag #1) by Sara Ney
The Wrong Game by Kandi Steiner

What I Got for Review

Nothing. I haven’t looked through anything to request anything though I did get a print ARC of 99 Percent Mine by Sally Thorne. That was fun.

What Made Me Laugh

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


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The Weekly Recap (108)

Posted October 29, 2018 by Rowena in Books, Features | 4 Comments

I missed last week because I wasn’t really reading anything with my mind solely focused on the World Series and the road the Dodgers took to get there. My reading finally picked up and I was able to get some books read and that makes me happy. I’m going to have a lot more time to read all of the books since my Dodgers stunk it up in Games 4 and 5 of the World Series and the Boston Red Sox beat their asses so our season is done. 🙁 Damn Dodgers.

Book Club was also last week Monday and that was a lot of fun. We have two new members and our discussion was a good one. We read the first book in Maya Bank’s Montgomery and Armstrongs series and everyone enjoyed it so much that next month we’ll be discussing the second book in the series and I’m so here for it. I can’t wait to dig into that book.

Now, onto the books…

What I’m Currently Reading
The Weekly Recap (108)Bone Crossed by Patricia Briggs
Series: Mercy Thompson #4
Also in this series: Silver Borne
Published by Penguin, Ace on February 3, 2009
Genres: Paranormal, Romance
Point of View: First Person
Pages: 303
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
Add It: Goodreads

By day, Mercy is a car mechanic in the sprawling Tri-Cities of Eastern Washington. By night, she explores her preternatural side. As a shapeshifter with some unique talents, Mercy has often found herself having to maintain a tenuous harmony between the human and the not so human. This time she may get more than she bargained for.

Marsilia, the local Vampire Queen, has learned that Mercy crossed her by slaying a member of her clan—and she's out for blood. But since Mercy is protected from direct reprisal by the werewolf pack (and her close relationship with its sexy Alpha), it won't be Mercy's blood Marsilia is after.

It'll be her friends'.

After finishing Iron Kissed, I couldn’t not read the next book because I needed to know that Mercy was okay and even though I know how strong she is, Iron Kissed kicked both of our asses and I needed to keep that reading adventure going because my heart was broken for everyone. I need Patricia Briggs to make it right again. I’ve got my fingers crossed that everything will be alright.

I’m about a third of the way into this book and I’m liking what I’m reading so far. I mean, not the whole thing with Stefan or that the vampire Queen knows Mercy’s secret and is after her but everything else. I’m glad that Mercy and Adam are working on their relationship and seeing Adam with Mercy, man it just melts me at every turn because he’s so good to her. She’s so good for him, too. I love these two.

What I Read

Never Seduce a Scot (Montgomery’s & Armstrongs #1) by Maya Banks | 4.75 out of 5
The Other Miss Bridgerton (Rokesbys #3) by Julia Quinn | 4.25 out of 5
Iron Kissed (Mercy Thompson #3) by Patricia Briggs | 4.5 out of 5

I re-read Never Seduce a Scot for book club last week and that was my favorite read. I cried so much while reading that book and loved Eveline so much that I could only love it all over again. Man, Maya Banks writes historical romance well so I hope she goes back to it.

I enjoyed the other books that I read last week too and I’m low key still not over Iron Kissed. Man, just…man.

What I Reviewed


Flight or Flight by Samantha Young | 4.25 out of 5
Rebel Hard (Hard Play #2) by Nalini Singh | 4 out of 5
The Governess Game (Girl Meets Duke #2) by Tessa Dare | 4.75 out of 5
Shadow & Ice by Gena Showalter | 2.5 out of 5
Meet Me at the Cupcake Cafe by Jenny Colgan | 2.5 out of 5
Dearest Clementine (Dearest #1) by Lex Martin | 3.25 out of 5
Never Seduce a Scot (Montgomery’s & Armstrongs #1) by Maya Banks | 4.75 out of 5

What I Posted

The Weekly Recap (107)
The Monthly Recap: September 2018
Can’t Wait Wednesday: Flare Up by Shannon Stacey

What I Got

Fall (VIP #3) by Kristen Callihan
Player by Staci Hart

What I Got for Review

Sleep Over by Serena Bell
Playing for Keeps (Heartbreaker Bay #7) by Jill Shalvis

What Made Me Laugh

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


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