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The Weekly Recap (101)

Posted September 3, 2018 by Rowena in Books, Features | 2 Comments

Before I jump into today’s post, I wanted to wish my American friends a Happy Labor Day! and I hope everyone is enjoying their time off from work. I know that I am. 🙂

It’s been a week for the books. I’ve had a bunch of crap going on at work, Chloe and her family were in town and all I wanted to do was be alone and read my books. Chloe had a lot of stuff crammed into her family vacation week in California and I’ve enjoyed seeing her snaps throughout the week. They went to the Aquarium in Long Beach, the Santa Monica Pier, Disneyland and on Thursday, they attended the Dodgers game against the Arizona Diamondbacks (as I’m typing this, our Dodgers are all alone in the #1 spot in the National League West Division, woo hoo!) and our boy Caiden made the jumbotron big screen thing. I love it!!

This week was also for saying our final goodbyes to a dear friend of our family, Flo Niko and her funeral was just as beautiful as I knew it would be with lots of musical numbers and her family and loved ones sharing their memories and love for Mrs. Come Get Your Slap. You’ll be missed, Flo.

Now, onto the books…

What I’m Currently Reading
The Weekly Recap (101)Beyond the Night by Colleen Gleason
Series: The Heroes of New Vegas #1
Published by Harper Collins on December 1, 2016
Genres: Dystopian, Romance
Pages: 288
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
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"Like a sexy Walking Dead!"--Mara Jacobs "Sexy, electrifying, edgy. Brilliantly conceived and executed." --Library Journal

The Heroes of New Vegas: From New York Times bestselling author Colleen Gleason comes a unique paranormal romance series set in a devastated world... “Colleen Gleason's vision of the future is dark, complex, and sharply original. I can’t wait for the next book!" -- Nalini Singh

Everything they knew is gone...

Five men emerge from the remnants of destruction with extraordinary new powers.

They are humankind's last hope, but they cannot survive this devastated world alone.

BEYOND THE NIGHT: When Dr. Elliott Drake emerges from a cave after traveling 50 years through time, the world as he knew it in 2010 is gone. Cities are overgrown jungles, and what's left of civilization has been repressed by crystal-wearing immortal beings. But even more unsettling: Elliott has acquired an extraordinary ability--the power to heal.

But even that gift, in a world that lacks the technology and infrastructure of his past, is a two-edged sword for Elliott.

Jade Kapiza, who was once imprisoned by the immortal beings, has been in hiding for years. But now she's determined to help the human race fight back against the control of her captors. She can trust no one...but when Elliott comes into her life, he pushes at her defenses and begins to tear down the walls she's built so carefully.

Yet the mysterious doctor seems to have secrets of his own. Can Jade trust Elliott with her heart, even as they risk their lives to save a band of innocents?

I gave myself until the day that our kids go back to school to have my summer reading challenge completed and Beyond the Night is the last book in that challenge. I have until this coming Thursday to complete this last book and I’m hoping to get it all read today. Wish me luck. After this book, I’ll be jumping into For the Duke’s Eyes Only by Lenora Bell.

What I Read


Wanderlust by Lauren Blakely (Audiobook) | 4 out of 5
In Bed with a Highlander by Maya Banks (eBook) | 4 out of 5
Kulti by Mariana Zapata (Audiobook) | 4.25 out of 5
Josh & Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating by Christina Lauren (eARC) | 5 out of 5
Getting Schooled by Emma Chase (Audiobook) | 4 out of 5
Hot Winter Nights by Jill Shalvis (eARC) | 3.75 out of 5
Untamed by Pamela Clare (eBook) | 4 out of 5

I had a really good reading week and that was mostly because of all of the audiobooks I listened to at work. I’m hooked on audiobooks and there really is no turning back for me. Yikes. My favorite read of the week goes to Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating by Christina Lauren. I thought it was the most fun book that I read all week and couldn’t get enough of it. I adored both Hazel and Josh though I understand why people weren’t as warm toward Hazel as I was. She was a lot to take but I loved her.

My least favorite book of the week was probably Hot Winter Nights by Jill Shalvis. I liked it but I didn’t love it nearly as much as I loved the other books I read.

Book Boyfriend

Matt Cannon
Hard Sell by Lauren Layne

What I Reviewed

Down with Love by Kate Meader | 3 out of 5
Under Control by Shannon Stacey | 4 out of 5
Midnight Rainbow by Linda Howard | 4 out of 5
Castles by Julie Garwood | 4.5 out of 5
Hard Sell by Lauren Layne | 4.5 out of 5

What I Posted

The Weekly Recap (100)
My TBR Pile: September 2018
Can’t Wait Wednesday: Diamond Fire by Ilona Andrews

What I Got

Beyond the Night by Colleen Gleason
Seduction of a Highland Lass by Maya Banks
Never Love a Highlander by Maya Banks

What I Got for Review

I didn’t get any books for review this week. I’m still trying to get my review pile now.

What Made Me Laugh

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


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The Weekly Recap (100)

Posted August 27, 2018 by Rowena in Books, Features | 8 Comments

You guys!!! Caiden is here and I have been a super happy Aunty since he got here on Saturday. His Dad came to town to go to the J. Cole concert with my brother and some other people so they made a family vacation out of the trip and will be here for the entire week. They’re going to do the tourist thing while they’re here like Disneyland, the beach, Long Beach Aquarium and other family vacation things.

This week was a pretty quiet week for me. I exercised, I read a lot and I tried to watch Sharp Objects on HBO but I lasted three episodes before I gave it up. I started watching it because I love Chris Messina but I don’t know that I love him enough to finish the show. Sorry, Ames. I’ve also watched To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before so many times that I’ve lost count. I’m really loving Netflix’s Rom Com’s so I’ve got my fingers crossed that we’ll get more from them.

Oh, I should also mention that my nephew Chase, who is starting his junior year in high school was riding his bike home from football practice on Thursday evening and got hit by a car! His bike is trash now and Chase himself is fine, he came away from the accident with small cuts on his arm from his fall to the street but he’s alive and well and I’m glad. Chase isn’t a small guy so the lady that hit him saying that she didn’t see him surprises the hell out of me because like I said, Chase isn’t a small kid. I hope she replaces his bike because Chase loves riding that thing.

I’m really getting into this audiobook thing so I’m lining some other books to listen to while I’m at work. My next listen will be Kulti by Mariana Zapata and I hope that book is as good as everyone says. Wish me luck!

Now, onto the books…

What I’m Currently Reading
The Weekly Recap (100)In Bed with a Highlander by Maya Banks
Series: MacCabe Trilogy #1
Published by Random House, Ballantine on August 30, 2011
Genres: Historical, Romance
Point of View: Alternating Third Person
Pages: 351
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
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Maya Banks' beguiling new trilogy features three unforgettable brothers risking everything to save their clan and their legacy—and to surrender their hearts to love.

Ewan McCabe, the eldest, is a warrior determined to vanquish his enemy. Now, with the time ripe for battle, his men are ready and Ewan is poised to take back what is his—until a blue-eyed, raven-haired temptress is thrust upon him. Mairin may be the salvation of Ewan's clan, but for a man who dreams only of revenge, matters of the heart are strange territory to conquer.

The illegitimate daughter of the king, Mairin possesses prized property that has made her a pawn—and wary of love. Her worst fears are realized when she is rescued from peril only to be forced into marriage by her charismatic and commanding savior, Ewan McCabe. But her attraction to her ruggedly powerful new husband makes her crave his surprisingly tender touch; her body comes alive under his sensual mastery. And as war draws near, Mairin's strength, spirit, and passion challenge Ewan to conquer his demons—and embrace a love that means more than revenge and land.

In an effort to catch up with my buddy reviews, my review books, and my summer challenge books, I’m reading In Bed with a Highlander by Maya Banks. This was the other pick for me from my friend Holly for our summer reading challenge and I have two more books to read from that before school starts to finish up that challenge. So far, I’m really enjoying this book. Ewan and Mairin are great and I’m definitely going to be reading the other books in this series. I’m fully committed to this series already.

What I Read

All the Way by Kristen Proby | 3 out of 5
Under Control by Shannon Stacey | 4 out of 5
The Governess Game by Tessa Dare | 4.75 out of 5
The Breakup by Erin McCarthy | 3 out of 5

All the Way and The Breakup weren’t as good as I hoped they would be, at least for me but I did love the hell out of The Governess Game and Under Control. I can’t wait to see what this week in books awaits me.

What I Reviewed

The Meg (2018) | 4.25 out of 5
Two Weeks Notice by Whitney G | 2.5 and 3.5 out of 5

What I Posted

The Weekly Recap (99)
Can’t Wait Wednesday: The Sweetest Thing by Judith McNaught

What I Got

Wanderlust by Lauren Blakely
The Duke Buys a Bride by Sophie Jordan
A Girl Like Her by Talia Hibbert
My Best Friend’s Ex by Hazel Kelly
Friends with Benefits by Hazel Kelly
The Wild Heir by Karina Halle
Red Card by Carrie Aarons
The Upside of Falling by Meghan Quinn
The Downside of Love by Meghan Quinn
Jock Row by Sara Ney
Office Mate by Katie Ashley
Pretty Venmon by Ella Fields

What I Got for Review

The One You Fight For by Roni Loren

What Made Me Laugh

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


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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
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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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