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The Weekly Recap (107)

Posted October 15, 2018 by Rowena in Books, Features | 4 Comments

Caiden came to California last week for a visit and we had a blast having him here with us. But he went home yesterday so we’re back to being sad and missing him but he’ll be back next month for Thanksgiving so we’ve got something to look forward to.

While he was here, he went to Disneyland, we had dinner at Chuck E. Cheese, he had play dates with our other kids at the park and just had an all-around blast being around other kids since, at home, it’s normally just him and his Mom all day long.

For me, it was a quiet week at home. I spent all the time that I could with Caiden, I read some, watched some TV shows and relaxed close to home. Work has been pretty grim for me because one of my closest friends at work quit and her last day in the office was Friday so we spent the week doing farewell lunches at all of her favorite lunch spots around our office since her new job is about a half hour away so she wouldn’t be able to go to them in a long while. I’m going to miss her something fierce though since I talked to her every single day and she’s finally watching Game of Thrones. Now our discussions about her progression in the show will largely take place through texts. Oh well.

I’m really enjoying A Million Little Things, the new TV Show on ABC. I’ve cried through all three episodes that I’ve watched so far. It’s so good.

Now, onto the books…

What I’m Currently Reading
The Weekly Recap (107)Never Seduce a Scot by Maya Banks
Narrator: Kirsten Potter
Series: The Montgomery's and Armstrongs #1
Also in this series: Never Seduce a Scot, Highlander Most Wanted
Published by Random House, Ballantine on September 25, 2012
Genres: Historical, Romance
Point of View: Alternating Third Person
Pages: 372
Format: Audiobook
Source: Purchased
Length: 10 hours, 10 minutes
Add It: Goodreads

Eveline Armstrong is fiercely loved and protected by her powerful clan, but outsiders consider her “touched.” Beautiful, fey, with a level, intent gaze, she doesn’t speak. No one, not even her family, knows that she cannot hear. Content with her life of seclusion, Eveline has taught herself to read lips and allows the outside world to view her as daft. But when an arranged marriage into a rival clan makes Graeme Montgomery her husband, Eveline accepts her duty—unprepared for the delights to come. Graeme is a rugged warrior with a voice so deep and powerful that his new bride can hear it, and hands and kisses so tender and skilled that he stirs her deepest passions.

Graeme is intrigued by the mysterious Eveline, whose silent lips are ripe with temptation and whose bright, intelligent eyes can see into his soul. As intimacy deepens, he learns her secret. But when clan rivalries and dark deeds threaten the wife he has only begun to cherish, the Scottish warrior will move heaven and earth to save the woman who has awakened his heart to the beautiful song of a rare and magical love.

It’s time for me to get this book read so that I can prepare for my book club next month. My sister Delene picked this book for us to discuss and already, I’m loving the book. Maya Banks is really gifted at historical romance. I’m really enjoying watching Eveline grow into her own. I should be done with this one today though I want to savor this story. It’s so good.

What I Read

Shadow and Ice (Gods of War #1) by Gena Showalter | 2.75 out of 5
Phoenix Unbound (Fallen Empire #1) by Grace Draven | 4 out of 5
Fireworks (True North #6) by Sarina Bowen | 4.25 out of 5

My favorite read of the week goes to Fireworks. Sarina Bowen is such a winning author for me. I love her True North series and Benito’s story was just as good as the others in the series and I’m hoping for more.

My least favorite read of the week goes to Shadow and Ice and that’s because I spent more than half of the book bored by what was going on. The end was a lot better than the beginning but the beginning was boring enough that I wouldn’t give it more than a 3 star rating.

What I Reviewed

Say You’ll Stay (Return to Me #1) by Corinne Michaels | 1 out of 5
Long Shot (Hoops #1) by Kennedy Ryan | 4.75 out of 5
America’s Sweetheart (Real Love #5) by Jessica Lemmon | 4 out of 5

What I Posted

The Weekly Recap (106)
Can’t Wait Wednesday: The Risk by Elle Kennedy

What I Got

Nothing this week. I’ve been busy reading what I already have.

What I Got for Review

You’d be Mine by Erin Hahn
Illegally Yours (Laws of Attraction #2) by Kate Meader

What Made Me Laugh

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


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The Weekly Recap (106)

Posted October 8, 2018 by Rowena in Books, Features | 2 Comments

It’s playoff time for baseball and right now, my Dodgers are leading their series against the Atlanta Braves 2-1. We lost last night and play again at 1:30 PM our time today to hopefully shut down the Braves for the rest of the postseason. I’m a giant ball of anxiety right now. I have faith but I’m still scared as all get out. Gah.

I went to the game on Friday night with Bren, Ken and my brother Pete. We had the best time, cheered with all of the Dodger fans around us and lost our car in the parking lot. It legit took us about 45 minutes to find our car because we all swore it was somewhere that it wasn’t. You would have thought that we were all drunk but nope. We were all just airheads. LOL.

I had zero reception at the stadium so I didn’t get many pictures at all but it was an amazing game and I was living more in the moment than playing on my phone so sorry guys. So Clayton Kershaw (our star pitcher) pitched 8 full innings and when he came out to warm up before the start of the ninth inning, the entire stadium erupted in cheers for him that turned to boo’s when the team manager Dave Roberts came out to wave him into the dugout to make room for our closer, Kenley Jansen but wow, can you imagine if Kershaw pitched all nine innings of a game? That would have been history right there. What a fun game and I don’t care what anyone says, Dodgers fans are nice dammit. Everyone that we sat next to were happy to be there and happy to cheer on our team. There were lots of strangers hugging and high fiving each other after great plays and at bats. I loved the atmosphere.

Now, onto the books…

What I’m Currently Reading
The Weekly Recap (106)Shadow and Ice by Gena Showalter
Series: Gods of War #1
Published by Harlequin, HQN on October 23, 2018
Genres: Paranormal, Romance
Point of View: Alternating Third Person
Pages: 496
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley
Add It: Goodreads

Knox of Iviland, the most ruthless warrior in All War history, has spent his life fighting others to the death, winning new realms for his king. Now the stakes are higher than ever. If he prevails in the battle for Earth, his slave bands will be removed. Victory is his sole focus…until he meets her.

On an arctic getaway with her foster sister, street tough but vulnerable Vale London is shocked to stumble upon a cave filled with ancient gods waging epic combat. When she is inadvertently drawn into their war, she is forced to team up with an unlikely ally—the sexy god who makes her burn with desire.

Though Vale is his enemy, Knox is consumed with lust and a fierce need to protect her. But only one combatant can triumph, and he will have to choose: live for freedom, or die for love.

I’m seriously hoping that this book picks up soon because right now, I’m mostly bored by what’s going on and waiting to feel something for the hero and the heroine. Pray for me.

What I Read

Rebel Hard (Hard Play #2) by Nalini Singh (eARC) | 4 out of 5
Fight or Flight by Samantha Young (eARC) | 4.25 out of 5
Archangel’s Consort (Guild Hunter #3) by Nalini Singh (Audiobook) | 4.25 out of 5

What I Reviewed

Hot Winter Nights (Heartbreaker Bay #6) by Jill Shalvis | 3.75 out of 5
Slave to Sensation (Psy-Changelings #1) by Nalini Singh | 4.75 out of 5

What I Posted

The Weekly Recap (105)
My TBR Pile: October 2018
The One You Can’t Fight by Roni Loren

What I Got

My life is all about Dodger baseball right now so I haven’t bought any new books or downloaded new books to my kindle or even audible app. Maybe next week.

What I Got for Review

My Favorite Half-Night Stand by Christina Lauren

What Made Me Laugh

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


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The Weekly Recap (103)

Posted September 17, 2018 by Rowena in Books, Features | 8 Comments

So this week was a pretty quiet week. I stuck close to home and didn’t really do much outside of my normal routine and then my sister Delene went out of town for the weekend and I was left in charge of her kids.

I’m the Aunt that lets the kids do whatever they want so when Luke and Brookey wanted to film a YouTube video, I shook my head a little, rolled my eyes a little more and then helped them make that happen. Brenna and Jenna were on board with this whole thing so they set it all up. Made them a background, got their challenge food prepared and even practiced lines with both kids. Yeah, I’m rolling my eyes too. They were really into this whole thing. Makenna was cleaning up our mess and making lunch, she was also in charge of the music and let me tell you, she’s the worst music director for a kid’s video because she had the most inappropriate twerking music on in the background. AND LUKE AND BROOKEY LOVED IT!

So they wanted to do a “What’s in my Mouth Challenge” video where their assistants Brenna and Jenna feed them food while they’re blindfolded and they had to guess what they were eating. All was going well until Jenna fed Luke some cheese and Luke started gagging and then threw up. We had to stop production because the cameraman (me) almost peed in her pants from laughing so much. Excuse the picture to the right, that’s right before Luke puked and it’s a screenshot from the video. It’s two days later and I’m still laughing my ass off.

As soon as we finish editing the video and if we can get Luke’s Mom to let us post it on YouTube, I’ll let you guys know. Needless to say, Luke’s Mom yelled at us to stop letting Luke do stupid things. LOL. Also? Their YouTube channel name is LPGameMaster and B-Dub, Hahahahahahaha. These freaking kids.

Now, onto the books…

What I’m Currently Reading
The Weekly Recap (103)The Duke Buys a Bride by Sophie Jordan
Series: The Rogue Files #3
Also in this series: The Duke Buys a Bride
Published by Harper Collins, Avon on July 24, 2018
Genres: Historical, Romance
Point of View: Alternating Third Person
Pages: 368
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
Add It: Goodreads

A bride wasn’t in his plans . . .

The last thing Marcus, the Duke of Autenberry, expects to see after sleeping off a night’s drunken shenanigans is a woman being auctioned in the village square. Before he can think about the ramifications, he buys her, thinking he’s winning the girl her freedom. Instead, he discovers he’s bought a wife.

A duke wasn’t in hers . . .

Alyse Bell is almost rid of the shackles that bound her in a name-only marriage, but the day her friend promised to purchase her in a wife auction, he vanishes, leaving her to face a mob of unsavory bachelors intent on owning her body and soul. But the appearance of a wicked, wealthy stranger changes her path forever.

The road to ruin . . .

Marcus doesn’t know what to do with the impertinent chit who clearly isn’t duchess material! Insisting their marriage isn’t legitimate, they leave for his estate in Scotland, hoping to devise a plan to get rid of each other. However, on a journey fraught with misadventure, their attraction grows and Marcus realizes he’ll do anything to keep this fiery woman for his own.

I didn’t get any reading done this weekend because I was busy doing absolutely nothing but hang with the kids watching movies so I need to get this book read this week because I have to prepare our book club discussion and game for our meeting next week Monday. Wish me luck. I’ve only read part of Chapter 1 and the hero just woke up in a pile of horse shit so…okay then.

What I Read

Meet Me at the Cupcake Cafe by Jenny Colgan (Audiobook) | 2.75 out of 5
Long Shot by Kennedy Ryan (eBook) | 4.75 out of 5
Block Shot by Kennedy Ryan (eBook) | 4 out of 5
Seduction of a Highland Lass by Maya Banks (Audiobook) | 4.5 out of 5

I loved both Long Shot and Seduction of a Highland Lass so those are my favorite reads of the week. I really enjoyed Block Shot too but Meet Me at the Cupcake Cafe was slow and low key boring to me so that gets my least favorite read of the week.

Book Boyfriend

August West
Long Shot by Kennedy Ryan

What I Reviewed


Kulti by Mariana Zapata | 4.25 & 5 out of 5
The Lion’s Lady by Julie Garwood | 4.25 out of 5
In Bed with a Highlander by Maya Banks | 4 out of 5
All the Way by Kristen Proby | 2.5 out of 5
A Lady’s Guide to Improper Behavior by Suzanne Enoch | 4.5 out of 5
The Other Side of Lost by Jessi Kirby | 4.25 out of 5
Untamed by Pamela Clare | 4 out of 5

What I Posted

The Weekly Recap (102)
Can’t Wait Wednesday: Ache for You by J.T. Geissinger
Book Boyfriend: August West in Long Shot by Kennedy Ryan

What I Got

Dearest Clementine by Lex Martin
Finding Dandelion by Lex Martin
Kissing Madeline by Lex Martin
Seduction of a Highland Lass by Maya Banks

What I Got for Review

Nothing.

What Made Me Laugh

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


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