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The Weekly Recap (98)

Posted August 13, 2018 by Rowena in Books, Features | 6 Comments

After my doctor’s appointment a couple of weeks ago, I started walking with my sisters and my best friend for 150 minutes a week. My sisters tried to get me to go with them for a while but it took my doctor telling me to join them to take them up on it. I’m currently on my third week and I have completed my work out minutes for the past two weeks so I’m pretty happy with the progress that I’m making on that front. Big ups to my best friend Theresa for coming over to my house every day to make sure that we get our walk on and our minutes done. She’s been a great support system for me and I’m sure my sisters appreciate her efforts in succeeding where they failed…haha.

You guys, there are only 4 more days until we can finally watch TO ALL THE BOYS I’VE LOVED BEFORE! Out of all the people that I made read the book, only one person has read it and she is just as obsessed as I am so I guess I’ll take it. Yay for my daughter Brenna loving Peter Kavinsky as much as I do. 🙂

Now, onto the books…

What I’m Currently Reading
The Weekly Recap (98)Down with Love by Kate Meader
Series: Laws of Attraction #1
Published by Random House, Loveswept on August 7, 2018
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Point of View: First Person
Pages: 237
Format: eARC
Source: Publisher, NetGalley
Add It: Goodreads

Sparks fly when the hot-shot divorce lawyer meets the high-powered wedding planner. The only question is, what kind?

If you ever get married, remember my name: Max Henderson. In my line of work, you acquire a certain perspective on supposedly everlasting unions. . . .

1. Pre-nups are your friend. 2. The person you married is not the person you’re divorcing. 3. And I hope you didn’t spend much on the wedding because that was one helluva waste of hard-earned cash, wasn’t it?

But some guys are willing to take a chance. Like my brother, who thinks he’s going to ride off into the sunset with the woman of his dreams in a haze of glitter on unicorns. And the wedding planner—the green-eyed beauty who makes a living convincing suckers to shell out thousands of dollars on centerpieces—is raking it in on this matrimonial monstrosity.

The thing is, Charlie Love is not unlike me. We’re both cogs in the wedding-industrial complex. As the best man, I know her game—and I can play it better than her. But after one scorching, unexpected kiss, I’m thinking I might just want to get played.

I didn’t get around to reading anything this weekend so I started this book this morning. I’ve only read the first two chapters and so far, it’s okay. I’m hoping that it picks up and that I’ll get over the hero’s attitude about love and marriage. Wish me luck! 🙂

What I Read

Grumpy Fake Boyfriend by Jackie Lau | DNF
The Other Side of Lost by Jessi Kirby | 4.25 out of 5

Book Boyfriend

Colin “Fitzy” Fitzgerald
The Chase by Elle Kennedy

What I Reviewed

Paradise by Judith McNaught
The Chase by Elle Kennedy

What I Posted

The Weekly Recap (97)
The Monthly Recap: July 2018
Can’t Wait Wednesday: Hot Winter Nights by Jill Shalvis

What I Got

Untamed by Pamela Clare

What I Got for Review

Fame, Fat and the First Kiss by Kasie West

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


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Week in Review (92)

Posted July 2, 2018 by Rowena in Books, Features | 4 Comments

Bren and Ken are home from Utah and my niece Chach is back from Brazil. Everyone is here in L.A. to celebrate Chach’s return from her mission and while I’m thrilled, I’m also super tired. Aside from that, Bren and I have a bunch of stuff to take care of this week so that she can go on her vacation back to Utah for my sister’s husband’s family reunion. Lots and lots of crap to do. I am not looking forward to that.

Now, onto the books…

What I’m Currently Reading
Week in Review (92)The Real Deal by Lauren Blakely
Published by Macmillan, St. Martin's Griffin on July 10, 2018
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 368
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley, Publisher
Add It: Goodreads

Get ready for your next favorite romantic comedy, THE REAL DEAL!

April Hamilton wants you to know she hasn't been on Craigslist since that time she sold her futon after college. She doesn't even spend that much time online. And even if she did, she would not be looking up personal ads. But going home alone for her family's summer reunion is an invitation for every single relative to butt into her personal life. She simply can't handle another blind date with the butcher, the baker or the candlestick maker from her hometown. So when she finds the Craigslist ad for a boyfriend-for-hire, she's ready to pay to play.

Heading Home and Need a Buffer? I'm the REAL DEAL.

Theo Banks has been running from the past for years. He's this close to finally settling all his debts, and one more job as a boyfriend-for-hire will do the trick. He's no gigolo. Please. He's something of an actor, and he knows how to slip into any role, including pretending to be April's new beau -- the bad boy with the heart of gold.

Even if it means sleeping in close quarters in that tiny little bed in her parents' inn. Even if it means spinning tales of a romance that starts to feel all too true. What neither one of them counts on is that amid the egg toss, the arm wrestling, and a fierce game of Lawn Twister that has them tangled up together, they might be feeling the real deal.

She only wanted to show her family once and for all that she had no need to settle down.

He didn't expect to have the time of his life at her parent's home.

They didn't plan on loving every single second of the game.

But can a masterful game of pretend result in true love?

I’m starting the month of July with The Real Deal by Lauren Blakely. I really adored the cover and the blurb so I’m looking forward to jumping right into this book. Should be a fun one.

What I Read

The Fragile Ordinary by Samantha Young | 4.25 out of 5
Hard Sell by Lauren Layne | 4.75 out of 5
The Accidentals by Sarina Bowen | 4 out of 5

Book Boyfriend of the Week

Alec Rossi
Speakeasy by Sarina Bowen

What I Reviewed

Incredibles 2 (2018) | 5 out of 5
Speakeasy (True North #5) by Sarina Bowen | 4.25 out of 5

What I Posted

Week in Review (91)
Mid Year Book Freak Out Tag: 2018
My TBR Pile: July 2018

What I Got

Save the Date by Carrie Aarons
Crank (The Gibson Boys #1) by Adriana Locke
Cross (The Gibson Boys #2.5) by Adriana Locke
Getting Schooled by Emma Chase
Baby Daddy by Kendall Ryan

What I Got for Review

All the Way by Kristen Proby

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


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Week in Review (84)

Posted April 2, 2018 by Rowena in Books, Features | 6 Comments

Happy Monday, everyone! I hope everyone is enjoying their morning coffee and that today doesn’t totally suck for everyone. Mondays after a holiday are always hard, right? Anyway, Chloe and Markus are back from Samoa and they leave back home to Utah tomorrow with Baby Caiden in tow. This is me right now…

We had a good week with Caiden though. All of us got to hang with him, he went to Disneyland a few times and we had a great send-off party yesterday with an Easter egg hunt and everything. He’s going to be missed but now I’m even more serious about going to visit him in a couple of months for an entire week. Haha. I hope Chloe has room for all of us that are coming…cause we are.

And on that note, I want to wish my beautiful niece Chloe a HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Instead of posting a picture of her though, I’m going to post a picture of her beautiful son, Caiden.

This is my favorite picture of Caiden and Brenna took it last week Monday when they went to Knotts Berry Farm for Lukey’s birthday. Isn’t it the best picture, ever? He’s such a happy boy and man I’m going to miss him.

Baseball season is once again upon us and my Dodgers started off the season with a series against that dratted team from the Bay. Thank goodness we found our bats and were able to split the series because I did not want to start our season off 0-4 against the Giants. My Lakers are wrapping up another surprising season. They did a lot better this season than last so I’ll take that as a win but we’re not going to make the playoffs…again. That’s surprising since we’ve always been dominant and now? Not so much. Oh well…I’m seeing progress and that makes me happy.

But dude, did you guys watch the Woman’s Basketball championship game between Notre Dame and Mississippi State? Man, what a freaking game. It came down to the wire and the same girl that saved Notre Dame against UConn, saved them again in the championship game. Holy shit, it was amazing!

Now, onto the books…

What I’m Currently Reading

Week in Review (84)If You Don't Have Anything Nice to Say by Leila Sales
Published by Macmillan, Farrar Straus and Giroux on May 1st 2018
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
Pages: 288
Format: eARC
Source: Publisher
Add It: Goodreads

Before we go any further, I want you to understand this: I am not a good person.

We all want to be seen. We all want to be heard. But what happens when we’re seen and heard saying or doing the wrong things? What then?

When Winter Halperin—former spelling bee champion, aspiring writer, and daughter of a parenting expert—gets caught saying the wrong thing online, her life explodes. All across the world, people knows what she’s done, and none of them will forgive her.

With her friends gone, her future plans cut short, and her identity in shambles, Winter is just trying to pick up the pieces without hurting anyone else. She knows she messed up, but does that mean it’s okay for people to send her hate mail and death threats? Does she deserve to lose all that she’s lost? And is “I’m sorry” ever good enough?

First and foremost a novel about public shaming in the internet age, If You Don’t Have Anything Nice to Say is also an exploration of the power of words, the cumulative destructiveness of microaggressions, and the pressing need for empathy.

I took the weekend off from reading and chose to watch movies instead. I’m going to be starting this book today and I’m excited. I have enjoyed Leila Sales before and I hope that I enjoy her stuff still. Wish me luck!

What I Read

Suddenly Forbidden (Gray Springs University #1) by Ella Fields | 4 out of 5
Hot Response (Boston Fire #4) by Shannon Stacey | 4 out of 5
The Love Coupon (Stubborn Hearts #2) by Ainslie Paton | 4.25 out of 5

What I Reviewed

Burn for Me by Ilona Andrews | 5 out of 5
White Hot by Ilona Andrews | 4.25 out of 5
Wildfire by Ilona Andrews | 4.5 out of 5
On Hart’s Boardwalk by Samantha Young | 4 out of 5

Home Again (2017) | 4 out of 5
Black Panther (2018) | 5 out of 5
The Greatest Showman (2017) | 5 out of 5

What I Posted

Week in Review (83)

What Movies I Watched

Doctor Strange (2016) | 4 out of 5
Captain America: Civil War (2016) | 4.25 out of 5

What TV Shows I Watched

The Resident: This week’s episode threw me for a loop. I immediately texted Brenna to find out if she watched it because I needed to discuss it with someone. We continue to find out more evil things about certain doctors in power at Chastain and that ending??? OMG. I’m still blown away that they actually did that and the previews for what’s to come? Wow. Nick???? What is Conrad going to do? What else is Privesh’s fiancee going to find? What’s going to happen with Mina? Sheesh, so much goodness to come.

Chicago PD: This week was also the week that I finally caught up on Chicago PD. I’m surprised that I like the new girl (that replaced Erin Lindsay) so much and I’m also surprised that the girl that I never thought I’d hate is…Burgess. Every episode, I’m always annoyed with her and it’s gotten to the point where I wish she’d join Lindsay in New York. Ugh. Still, the show itself is good and I’m mighty curious to see how the whole thing with Olinsky plays out because…damn. I guess I’ll have to keep watching.

What I Got

Dragon Actually by G.A. Aiken
Dragon on Top by G.A. Aiken
About a Dragon by G.A. Aiken
What a Dragon Should Know by G.A. Aiken
Last Dragon Standing by G.A. Aiken
The Dragon who Loved Me by G.A. Aiken
How to Drive a Dragon Crazy by G.A. Aiken
Light My Fire by G.A. Aiken
Feel the Burn by G.A. Aiken
Bring the Heat by G.A. Aiken

What I Got for Review

The Way You Make Me Feel by Maurene Goo
Airports, Exes, and Other Things I’m Over by Shani Petroff

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


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