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Monthly Recap: January 2018

Posted February 14, 2018 by Rowena in Features | 2 Comments

First off…

This post is hella late but…well…I’ve been lazy as hell to put it together but I finally did it!

What I Did

Besides basketball, I tried a new trendy foodie spot and book club was off the hook. Churroholic in Carson, CA was fun and the food was great and for book club, we discussed The Truth about Love and Dukes by Laura Lee Guhrke. We got a new trivia winner this month since it’s normally my sister Blanche so that was funny. This month, we’re discussing Beyond Scandal and Desire by Lorraine Heath and I’m hopeful that March’s book discussion book won’t be another historical because we’ve been reading historicals for the last like five meetings and I need something new.

What I Read

I started strong with my reading for the year and that makes me happy. I read some really good books that I got for review and my book club read was a book that was in my own TBR pile so I knocked one off that giant mountain so all in all, in terms of reading, I won the month of January. Go me.

Here’s a quick re-cap of everything that I read.

12 new reads | 0 re-reads | 1 DNF | 3,705 pages read
Read by source: 2 bought | 10 review copies
Read by format: 2 eBooks | 10 eARCs

1. Man Candy (Real Love #3) by Jessica Lemmon | 4 out of 5
2. Beyond Scandal & Desire (Sins for All Seasons #1) by Lorraine Heath | 4.25 out of 5
3. About that Kiss (Heartbreaker Bay #5) by Jill Shalvis | 4 out of 5
4. The Truth about Love & Dukes (Dear Lady Truelove #1) by Laura Lee Guhrke | 3.25 out of 5
5. Breaking the Ice (Juniper Falls #2) by Julie Cross | 4.75 out of 5
6. West Coast Love (Journey to the Heart #3) by Tif Marcelo | 3.5 out of 5
7. Love Between Enemies (Grad Night #2) by Molly E. Lee | 2 out of 5
8. The Trouble with True Love (Dear Lady Truelove #2) by Laura Lee Guhrke | 4.25 out of 5
9. Man Hands (Man Hands #1) by Sarina Bowen & Tanya Eby | DNF
10. Brooklynaire (Brooklyn Bruisers #4) by Sarina Bowen | 4.75 out of 5
11. Shot on Gold (Play by Play #14) by Jaci Burton | 3 out of 5
12. In Skates Trouble (Chicago Rebels #0.5) by Kate Meader | 3 out of 5

What I Reviewed

I actually wrote 12 reviews in the month of January but only 6 of them were posted online. The others are pending at the moment. I’m hoping that February will bring about my productive spirit. Fingers crossed.

The Ones that Got Away (The Ones that Got Away #1) by Roni Loren | 4 out of 5
Man Candy (Real Love #3) by Jessica Lemmon | 4 out of 5
Complicated by Kristen Ashley | 4.25 out of 5
An English Bride in Scotland (Highlanders #1) by Lynsay Sands | 4 out of 5
North to You (Journey to the Heart #1) by Tif Marcelo | 4 out of 5
About that Kiss (Heartbreaker Bay #5) by Jill Shalvis | 4 out of 5

Kingsmen: The Secret Service (2015) | 4.5 out of 5

What I Posted

Happy New Year
Week in Review (74)
Throwback Thursday (24)
Book Boyfriend: Luc Savage from Pretty Face by Lucy Parker
Week in Review (75)
Throwback Thursday (25)
Book Boyfriend: Dax Vaughn from Man Candy by Jessica Lemmon
Throwback Thursday (26)
Book Boyfriend: Jackson Kane from Wrong to Need You by Alisha Rai
Week in Review (76)
Throwback Thursday (27)
Book Boyfriend: Mick Trewlove from Beyond Scandal and Desire by Lorraine Heath
Week in Review (77)

What I Got for Review


What I Listened To

What I Watched on TV


What Movies I Watched

1. A Moving Romance (2017) | 3.5 out of 5
2. Coco (2017) | 4.5 out of 5
3. The Greatest Showman (2017) | 5 out of 5

So there was my January. How was your month?


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Monthly Recap: October & November 2017

Posted December 1, 2017 by Rowena in Features | 4 Comments

This month’s recap will be for the last two months since I disappeared and this blog was left abandoned. I’ve been busy but I’ve also been lazy. Story of my life.

What I Did

Emme’s baptism: One of best friends from when I was a kid has a kid that just got baptized and Bren, Ken and I were on hand to help Hanah (my friend) make sure that everything was perfect for little Emme. It was good to see everyone come out to support little Emme and we had fun, so all in all, it was a great day.

Meghan met Kobe Bryant: So last month, Meghan met our family’s favorite NBA player of all time…Kobe Bryant. You should have seen us when she texted us her picture with him (the one above) and told us all about how he came to her practice to spit some basketball knowledge and help them with the offense that they’re running since it’s the same one he ran with the Lakers. We were so excited and stoked for ourselves like we met him and not Meghan. What a trip that Meghan chooses to go to a small school and she met Kobe Bryant, her all time favorite player. Never thought that would happen and even though it didn’t happen to me…it kind of did because I’m really close with Meghan..right? LOL.

Those are the highlights of the last couple of months and I’m leaving that Kobe Bryant picture right there, big as hell, because…it’s KOBE!!

Now, on to the books…

What I Read


On a Tuesday (One Week #1) by Whitney G. | 3.75 out of 5
Played (Gridiron #4) by Jen Frederick | 4.25 out of 5
Lady Sophia’s Lover (Bow Street Runners #2) by Lisa Kleypas | 4 out of 5
Suddenly You by Lisa Kleypas (Re-Read) | 4 out of 5
Sustained (Legal Briefs #2) by Emma Chase (Re-Read) | 5 out of 5
An Ex for Christmas (Love Unexpectedly #5) by Lauren Layne | 4 out of 5
Holiday Wishes (Heartbreaker Bay #4.5) by Jill Shalvis | 4 out of 5
A Duke in Shining Armor (Disgraceful Dukes #1) by Loretta Chase | 4.25 out of 5
Changing the Game (Play by Play #2) by Jaci Burton | 4 out of 5
Hate to Want You (Forbidden Hearts #1) by Alisha Rai | 4 out of 5
Wrong to Need You (Forbidden Hearts #2) by Alisha Rai | 4 out of 5
Hard Cherish (Hard Play #1) by Nalini Singh | 4 out of 5
Bountiful (True North #4) by Sarina Bowen | 4.75 out of 5
Hooking Up (Shacking Up #2) by Helena Hunting | 4.25 out of 5
The Ones that Got Away (The Ones that Got Away #1) by Roni Loren | 4 out of 5
Roomies by Christina Lauren | 3.75 out of 5

What I Reviewed

A Duke in Shining Armor by Loretta Chase
Savor the Moment by Nora Roberts
Wrong to Need You by Alisha Rai
Changing the Game by Jaci Burton
Table Manners by Mia King
Head Coach by Lia Riley
Hate to Want You by Alisha Rai
An Ex for Christmas by Lauren Layne
Holiday Wishes by Jill Shalvis
Ready for Wild by Liora Blake
Made for You by Lauren Layne
Hollywood Dirt (Movie)
Only with You by Lauren Layne
A Hunger Like No Other by Kresley Cole

What I Bought

What I Got for Review


What I Listened To

I’m still listening to a lot of country music. Mostly, I’m listening to these two country cuties. Brett Young and Walker Hayes.

That’s all that I’ve got for this post so how was your October and November? Read or see anything good?


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Monthly Recap: September 2017

Posted October 4, 2017 by Rowena in Features | 1 Comment

I didn’t do much in September. I supported Chase and Brody at their football games, went to one of Makaela’s volleyball games and then Brenna played in her first games on a college level team. Aside from that, not much has been going on with me except watching movies, tv shows and reading loads. Gah, what a boring month for me. Here’s a picture of Caiden, haha.

Isn’t he so cute…even with all of that drool? Haha. Go Lakers!

What I Read

1. The Final Score (Play by Play #13) by Jaci Burton | 4 out of 5
2. If There’s No Tomorrow by Jennifer L. Armentrout | 4 out of 5
3. Chasing Christmas Eve (Heartbreakers Bay #4) by Jill Shalvis | 4 out of 5
4. Duke of My Heart (Season for Scandal #1) by Kelly Bowen | 3 out of 5
5. The Wedding (Laird’s Fiancees #2) by Julie Garwood | 4.75 out of 5
6. The Prize by Julie Garwood | 4.75 out of 5
7. Saving Grace by Julie Garwood | 5 out of 5
8. Ransom (Highland’s Laird #2) by Julie Garwood | 4.5 out of 5
9. Only with You (The Best Mistake #1) by Lauren Layne | 4.25 out of 5
10. Made for You (The Best Mistake #2) by Lauren Layne | 4.25 out of 5
11. Ready for Wild (Grand Valley #3) by Liora Blake | 4 out of 5

What I Reviewed

9/01: The Duchess Deal (Girl Meets Duke #1) by Tessa Dare | 4.5 out of 5
9/06: Arm Candy (Real Love #2) by Jessica Lemmon | 4.25 out of 5
9/07: Gentlemen Prefer Heiresses (Scandalous Gentlemen of St. James #4.5) by Lorraine Heath | 4.5 out of 5
9/11: The Final Score (Play by Play #13) by Jaci Burton | 4 out of 5
9/13: Acheron (Dark Hunters #12) by Sherrilyn Kenyon | 5 out of 5
9/14: Clean Sweep (Inn Keeper Chronicles #1) by Ilona Andrews | 4 out of 5
9/18: Royally Matched (Royally #2) by Emma Chase | 4.5 out of 5
9/19: Royally Endowed (Royally #3) by Emma Chase | 4 out of 5
9/21: If There’s No Tomorrow by Jennifer L. Armentrout | 4 out of 5
9/26: Chasing Christmas Eve (Heartbreaker Bay #4) by Jill Shalvis | 4 out of 5
9/28: Temporary by Sarina Bowen & Sarah Mayberry | 4 out of 5

What I Bought

One Day: Valentine Novella by Samantha Young
The Problem with Forever by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Can You Keep a Secret by Sophie Kinsella
Coming in From the Cold by Sarina Bowen
Dirty Little Tease by Kendall Ryan
Filthy Beautiful Lies by Kendall Ryan
Wednesday by Kendall Ryan
Just a Taste by Whitney G.
Turbulence: The Epilogue by Whitney G.
Resisting the Boss by Whitney G.

What I Got for Review

Wrong to Need You by Alisha Rai
Roomies by Christina Lauren
Love, Life & the List by Kasie West
Man Candy by Jessica Lemmon
Beyond Scandal & Desire by Lorraine Heath

What I Listened To

I’m on a country binge, getting ready for Stagecoach next year and these are songs that have gotten a lot of play time in September. I’m kind of bummed that my girls are scared to go to Stagecoach after what happened in Vegas this past weekend so that’s put a damper on our mood. 🙁 I still love these songs though.

What I Watched on TV

I binge watched Powerless a couple of Saturdays ago and then found it was cancelled by NBC so I quit it that same day. LOL. Dammit, it was another show that I really liked. Stupid ass NBC.

The Brave and Seal Team were both good but of the two, I liked The Brave a tad bit more. We’ll see which of these shows stick in the coming weeks.

What Movies I Watched

My favorite movies for September were Wind River, Room and Kingsman: The Secret Service. I’ll be reviewing them all soon so you’ll see my thoughts on them soon-ish.

What I Loved

Words with Friends. My siblings and I have been playing Words with Friends over and over again and we started up again last month. September has been filled with a lot of talking shit, contesting words (even though it’s an app and if the app takes the word, you can’t really contest) and gloating when we beat each other. It’s been great fun and so far, I’m tied for first place with my brother for most points scored in one turn. He’s hating because I got my 126 points against him. Ha!

How was your month in books, movies and TV? Did you do anything fun? Share in the comments!


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