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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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Movies I Want To See: February 2018

Posted February 7, 2018 by Rowena in Personal | 2 Comments

Brenna and I have been talking about a bunch of stuff that we want to do together and one of those things is weekend matinee movies. Last month, we watched The Greatest Showman together but we want to amp that up in February so of course I made a list of movies that I want to watch this month.

There’s a pretty decent variety in the movies that I want to see so let’s hope we actually make time to go and see some of these.

Check it out.

1. The Maze Runner: The Death Cure (2018)
Rated PG-13 | Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller | 2:21

In the epic finale to The Maze Runner Saga, Thomas leads his group of escaped Gladers on their final and most dangerous mission yet. To save their friends, they must break into the legendary last city, a WCKD controlled labyrinth that may turn out to be the deadliest maze of all. Anyone who makes it out alive will get the answers to the questions the Gladers have been asking since they first arrived in the maze. Will Thomas and the crew make it out alive? Or will Ava Paige get her way?

I’ve watched both of the previous movies and Dylan O’Brien missed a lot of the last season of Teen Wolf because he was filming this movie so yes….it’s on my list of movies to watch because I want to see what the heck the big deal is with this one. I didn’t read the books but they’re pretty popular so why not?

2. Den of Thieves (2018)
Rated R | Action, Crime, Drama | 2:20

A gritty Los Angeles crime saga which follows the intersecting and often personally connected lives of an elite unit of the LA County Sheriff’s Dept. and the state’s most successful bank robbery crew as the outlaws plan a seemingly impossible heist on the Federal Reserve Bank of downtown Los Angeles.

My sister Ingrid saw this movie and before she texted to let us know that she was going to see this movie, I had never even heard of it but I watched the trailer for this movie and….I’m sold. This one looks good so yeah, I’m in.

3. 12 Strong (2018)
Rated R | Action, Drama, History | 2:10

The True Story of the Army’s Special Forces “Green Berets”, who within weeks responded to the 9-11 attack. Green Berets, with the help of the 160th SOAR(A), took over the country and allowed other Special Forces and the rest of the conventional military to begin the more publicly visible war.

I’m a sucker for military movies so of course this movie made its way onto my radar. I’m also a fan of Chris Hemsworth (hello, hottie!) so his casting, the whole military thing and then some US history that I actually lived through?? Yeah, I’m all about it.

4. Black Panther (2018)
Rated PG-13 | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi | 2:14

After the events of Captain America: Civil War, King T’Challa returns home to the reclusive, technologically advanced African nation of Wakanda to serve as his country’s new leader. However, T’Challa soon finds that he is challenged for the throne from factions within his own country. When two foes conspire to destroy Wakanda, the hero known as Black Panther must team up with C.I.A. agent Everett K. Ross and members of the Dora Milaje, Wakandan special forces, to prevent Wakanda from being dragged into a world war.

I love me some Michael B. Jordan and I’m looking forward to watching some other hotties when I watch this movie because, yeah…I’m all in. The cast alone on this one is pretty epic so I definitely want to see this one.

Are there any movies coming out or already in theaters that you’re itching to watch in the month of February? Share your picks in the comments!

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Week in Review (77)

Posted February 5, 2018 by Rowena in Features | 1 Comment

This week was a pretty eventful week for me. I was busy at work and catching up on my shows but I also watched a lot of basketball (are you guys surprised? Ha!). Basketball started with Bren and Ken, who won both of their games this week (first against Harbor College and then Cerritos). Next up was Luke, who scored his first basket of the season on Saturday and his team finally won a game (they’re young…and not that good, haha) and then to close out the week, Meghan and her team beat Arizona Christian at home. That was Vanguard’s best defensive game all season, IMO. They were engaged from the jump and they never let up even though we were down 11 in the first quarter. Lots and lots of fun basketball.

Meghan came home with us on Saturday so Sunday morning was for cheap movie time so we went to see Forever My Girl and I enjoyed it. Not as much as the girls did but it was good. We also tried Blaze Pizza for the first time and that was great.

We watched The Super Bowl, too and had French Tip Sandwiches and Pasta Salad so I was a happy camper. You can never go wrong with those two things for dinner. Aside from that, I didn’t do much else but enjoy my time with the fam.

Weekly Planner Spread

Here’s my planner spread for this week…before the pen.

Here’s last week’s planner spread…after the pen.

Now, onto the books…

What I’m Currently Reading

Week in Review (77)So Over You by Kate Meader
Series: Chicago Rebels #2
Published by Simon & Schuster, Pocket Star on December 4th 2017
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 400
Format: eBook
Source: Bought

Three estranged sisters struggle to sustain their late father’s failing hockey franchise in Kate Meader’s sizzling Chicago Rebels series. In this second entry, middle sister Isobel is at a crossroads in her personal and professional lives. But both are about to get a significant boost with the addition of a domineering Russian powerhouse to the Rebels....

Isobel Chase knows hockey. She played NCAA, won Olympic silver, and made it thirty-seven minutes into the new National Women’s Hockey League before an injury sidelined her dreams. Those who can’t, coach, and a position as a skating consultant to her late father’s hockey franchise, the Chicago Rebels, seems like a perfect fit. Until she’s assigned her first job: the man who skated into her heart as a teen and relieved her of her pesky virginity. These days, left-winger Vadim Petrov is known as the Czar of Pleasure, a magnet for puck bunnies and the tabloids alike. But back then... let’s just say his inability to sink the puck left Isobel frustratingly scoreless.

Vadim has a first name that means “ruler,” and it doesn’t stop at his birth certificate. He dominates on the ice, the practice rink, and in the backseat of a limo. But a knee injury has produced a bad year, and bad years in the NHL don’t go unrewarded. His penance? To be traded to a troubled team where his personal coach is Isobel Chase, the woman who drove him wild years ago when they were hormonal teens. But apparently the feeling was not entirely mutual.

That Vadim might have failed to give Isobel the pleasure that was her right is intolerable, and he plans to make it up to her—one bone-melting orgasm at a time. After all, no player can perfect his game without a helluva lot of practice...

This series is shaping up to be such an enjoyable reading adventure for me. I didn’t really love the novella that started everything off but I did enjoy the first book and started this one just as soon as I finished the last book. I’m enjoying these characters, the humor and the romances. I’m looking forward to getting to know Isobel and Vadim a lot better. I knew there was some history between them in Irresistible You so I’m looking forward to digging into their story.

I hope to see more of Violet because she’s my favorite. Her and Bren. *sigh*

What I Read

Shot on Gold (Play by Play #14) by Jaci Burton | 3 out of 5
In Skates Trouble (Chicago Rebels #0.5) by Kate Meader | 3 out of 5
Irresistible You (Chicago Rebels #1) by Kate Meader | 4 out of 5

What I Reviewed

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

What I Posted

Week in Review (77)
Throwback Thursday (28)
Book Boyfriend: Valentin Nikolaev from Silver Silence by Nalini Singh

What I Got

Runaway Groom (I Do, I Don’t #2) by Lauren Layne
From Lukov with Love by Mariana Zapata
A Thousand Letters by Staci Hart
Living Out Loud by Staci Hart

What I Got for Review

Making Up (London Celebrities #3) by Lucy Parker

There isn’t a cover for Making Up yet but YAY, a new London Celebrities book!

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

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