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Monthly Recap: May 2018

Posted June 5, 2018 by Rowena in Family, Features | 3 Comments

Can you believe that I didn’t post one post in the entire month of May? I kept meaning to but work kept me busy from the time I got to the office to the time that I left for the day and I spent the rest of the day, relaxing from my taxing workload. I didn’t have the energy to keep up with this blog and that made me sad so I’m going to try harder this month. Wish me luck. 🙂

What I Did

For the most part, my month was taken up by work. I did take a week off to travel to Colorado for my nephew Kaleo’s high school graduation. That trip was a much-needed break from work and I ate up my time away from the office.

What I Read

Rumor Has It (Real Love #4) by Jessica Lemmon | 4 out of 5
Regrets Only by Erin Duffy | 3.5 out of 5
Airports, Exes, and Other Things I’m Over by Shani Petroff | 3.5 out of 5
Hooked on You (Chicago Rebels #4) by Kate Meader | 4.5 out of 5
Speakeasy (True North #5) by Sarina Bowen | 4.5 out of 5
Making Up (London Celebrities #3) by Lucy Parker | 4.25 out of 5

What I Reviewed

Speakeasy (True North #5) by Sarina Bowen | 4.5 out of 5
Rumor Has It (Real Love #4) by Jessica Lemmon | 4 out of 5
Hooked on You (Chicago Rebels #3) by Kate Meader | 4.5 out of 5
Fantasy Love (Dark Hunters #1) by Sherrilyn Kenyon | 3.75 out of 5
Regrets Only by Erin Duffy | 3.5 out of 5
Hot Asset (21 Wall Street #1) by Lauren Layne | 4.5 out of 5
Eleven Scandals to Start to Win a Duke’s Heart (Love by Numbers #3) by Sarah MacLean | 4 out of 5
The Hookup (Jordan Brothers #1) by Erin McCarthy | 4 out of 5
The Way You Make Me Feel by Maurene Goo | 4 out of 5
Neaderthal Seeks Human (Knitting in the City #1) by Penny Reid | 2.75 out of 5

What I Bought


Cocktales: The Cocky Collective
The Thing about Love by Julie James
Restricted Fantasies by Kevin Kneupper
Getting Down by Helena Hunting
Bittersweet by Sarina Bowen
They Who Fell by Kevin Kneupper
The Cockiest Cowboy to Have Ever Cocked by Jamila Jasper

What I Got for Review

For the Duke’s Eyes Only (School for Dukes #1) by Lenora Bell
Hot Winter Nights (Heartbreaker Bay #6) by Jill Shalvis
The Real Deal by Lauren Blakely
Always Never Yours by Emily Wibberley
Down with Love (Love Wars #1) by Kate Meader
Speakeasy (True North #4) by Sarina Bowen

What I Listened To

These are the four songs that got the most play time in the entire month of May. I love each of these songs and can’t get enough of all of them. So good!

What I Watched on TV

I haven’t been reading a lot because I haven’t been in the mood to read so I’ve been binge-watching the heck out of all of the shows above. Lots and lots of great tv show watching though. Of all the shows that I’m watching, my favorites are The Resident, For the People and Splitting Up Together.

What Movies I Watched

The Avengers: Infinity War (2018) | 4.5 out of 5
Kingsman: The Golden Circle (2017) | 3.75 out of 5

There you have it, a look back at my month of May. How was your month in books, tv shows and movies? Read or see anything good? Share with me!


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Week in Review (88)

Posted June 4, 2018 by Rowena in Features | 2 Comments

Work has been kicking my ass lately. Lots of covering others who are out on personal leave and it’s made my workload double and then triple over the last couple of weeks. I do all of my blogging from work so that’s why you haven’t been seeing me around lately. That damn day job of mine. Ha!

Have you guys been keeping up with the whole #cockygate thing? I can’t believe that it blew up the way that it did and the author is doing herself no favors and is showing no kind of care or remorse for her actions either. She’s crazy pants!

Chance and Cheridan are home from school in Utah and it’s been good having them home. Chance is our family nerd who is studying to become a lawyer and Cheridan is studying some kind of engineering at BYU Provo. We’re a close family and spending time together is something we’re always doing so in the last week, we’ve had dinners, we’ve hung out at home and we all went to see Avengers: Infinity War together. Needless to say, we were all shook at the end, Luke more than anyone else but we’re all really looking forward to the finale movie next year.

I’m especially looking forward to this…

and this…

Also? I don’t give a shit what anyone says…I ship this, sorry Bruce.

I also went out to Colorado for my nephew Kaleo’s high school graduation and that was a great break from my real life.

Now, onto the books…

What I’m Currently Reading

Week in Review (88)Burn for You by J.T. Geissinger
Series: Slow Burn #1
Published by Amazon, Montlake Romance on October 17, 2017
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 348
Format: eBook
Source: Bought
Goodreads

The marriage is fake. But for a sassy chef and an arrogant billionaire, the sparks are real…

Jackson “The Beast” Boudreaux is rich, gorgeous, and unbelievably rude to the staff at Chef Bianca Hardwick’s New Orleans restaurant. Bianca would sooner douse herself in hot sauce than cook for Jackson again, but when he asks her to cater his fund-raiser, Bianca can’t refuse, knowing the cash will help pay her mother’s medical bills. Then Jackson makes another outrageous request: Marry me. The unconventional offer includes an enormous sum—money Bianca desperately needs, even if it does come with a contract—and a stunning ring.

The heir to a family bourbon dynasty, Jackson knows the rumors swirling around him. The truth is even darker. Still, he needs a wife to secure his inheritance, and free-spirited, sassy Bianca would play the part beautifully. Soon, though, their simple business deal evolves into an emotional intimacy he’s built walls to avoid.

As the passion heats up between them, Bianca and Jackson struggle to define which feelings are real and which are for show. Is falling for your fake fiancé the best happy ending…or a recipe for disaster?

Holly and Ames have read and enjoyed the heck out of this book so when they recommended it, I readily agreed to read it…and then I just started reading it. I’m really enjoying it, like a lot a lot. So good.

What I Read

Rumor Has It (Real Love #4) by Jessica Lemmon | 4 out of 5
Regrets Only by Erin Duffy | 3.5 out of 5
Airports, Exes, and Other Things I’m Over by Shani Petroff | 3.5 out of 5
Hooked on You (Chicago Rebels #4) by Kate Meader | 4.5 out of 5
Speakeasy (True North #5) by Sarina Bowen | 4.5 out of 5
Making Up (London Celebrities #3) by Lucy Parker | 4.25 out of 5

What I Reviewed

Speakeasy (True North #5) by Sarina Bowen | 4.5 out of 5
Rumor Has It (Real Love #4) by Jessica Lemmon | 4 out of 5
Hooked on You (Chicago Rebels #3) by Kate Meader | 4.5 out of 5
Fantasy Lover (Dark Hunters #1) by Sherrilyn Kenyon | 3.5 out of 5
Regrets Only by Erin Duffy | 3.5 out of 5
Hot Asset (21 Wall Street #1) by Lauren Layne | 4.5 out of 5
Eleven Scandal to Start to Win a Duke’s Heart by Sarah MacLean | 4 out of 5
The Hookup (Jordan Brothers #1) by Erin McCarthy | 4 out of 5
The Way You Make Me Feel by Maurene Goo | 4 out of 5
Neanderthal Seeks Human (Knitting in the City #1) by Penny Reid | 2.75 out of 5

What I Got


What I Got for Review

There you have it, my last few weeks in review. How have you guys been?


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Week in Review (87)

Posted April 30, 2018 by Rowena in Features | 2 Comments

Not much is going on with me. My family did participate in the 2018 Relay for Life, a cancer fundraiser that is held each year and the Torrance one is set at South High School. My family walk for our family members who have survived or died from cancer and we started walking when my nephew RJ was diagnosed with osteosarcoma. He was a freshman in high school and once RJ was free and clear of the disease, my other nephew Chance signed us up for Relay for Life. We’ve been walking every year ever since. So not too long after Chance signed us up, both Chance and RJ left to serve their missions so they haven’t been back to a Relay for Life since that first year.

RJ made a point to be here this year and I continue to be amazed and this young man. He goes to school in Idaho, had a wedding in Utah the day before Relay for Life started and he drove from Idaho to Utah, attended the wedding and then jumped in his car with my niece Chloe, her husband Markus and baby Caiden and drove to California for Relay before jumping back into his car on Sunday to return Chloe and her family to Utah and then driving on back to Idaho for his 7:45AM class on Monday. Love this guy!

Now, onto the books…

What I’m Currently Reading

Week in Review (87)Rumor Has It (Real Love, #4) by Jessica Lemmon
Series: Real Love #4
Published by Random House, Loveswept on May 15th, 2018
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 212
Format: eARC
Source: Publisher, NetGalley
Goodreads

This is one bad boy who’s fit to print. A notorious jock tackles life—and love—after football with a type-A journalist in this sexy standalone from the author of Eye Candy.

Barrett:

As a former pro football star, I’m used to playing the field. After injuries cut my NFL career short, my second act as a broadcaster ended on live television when a hot mic picked up a little verbal . . . indiscretion. But this latest publicity stunt might just land me back on top—much to the chagrin of Catarina Everhart, the prissy, beautiful journalist who’s been assigned to date a bad boy (i.e., me) and write about it. Catarina swears I’ll never touch her, let alone kiss those full lips of hers. Based on our chemistry, I’m not buying it. . . .

Catarina:

Barrett Fox seems to be doing everything in his power to make me hate him. The cocky egomaniac is infamous for his bad behavior, and now, thanks to my boss’s harebrained schemes, he’s apparently my problem. As one fake date leads to another, I start to see a different side of Barrett. He’s close with his family. He does volunteer work. And, okay, he kisses like a dream. Am I really dating Barrett Fox? Or is he playing me? Because suddenly I’m risking my reputation—and my heart.

I started this book this morning and so far, it’s okay. I’m not far enough into the story to know if I love or hate this book but I’m hopeful that this will be a good one. I really enjoy this series so I’ve got my fingers crossed.

What I Read

Dragon Actually by G.A. Aiken | 3 out of 5
Neanderthal Seeks Human by Penny Reid | 2.75 out of 5
Hot Asset (21 Wall Street #1) by Lauren Layne | 4.25 out of 5
The Way You Make Me Feel by Maurene Goo | 4 out of 5

I read a couple of books each week in the last couple of weeks. I read Dragon Actually for book club and I wasn’t as enthused about that one as everyone else was and same with Neanderthal Seeks Human. In both books, the heroine annoyed me. In Dragon Actually, the heroine came off as a freaking shrew and that sucks because she’s supposed to be such a strong person who leads armies into war. For me? She yelled too much and I hated the way that she treated the dragon. I guess it’s supposed to come off as strong-willed but meh. That’s not how it showed for me. In Neanderthal Seeks Human, the heroine is supposed to be super smart but she was super dumb about a lot of things. It didn’t work for me.

Fortunately for me, things picked up last week on the reading front. I read both Hot Asset by Lauren Layne, and The Way You Make Me Feel by Maurene Goo. I really enjoyed both books so that was a come up from the previous week.

What I Reviewed


If You Don’t Have Anything Nice to Say by Leila Sales | 1 out of 5
Something about You (FBI/US Attorneys #1) by Julie James | 4.75 out of 5
The Love Coupon (Stubborn Hearts #2) by Ainslie Paton | 4.25 out of 5
Hot Response (Boston Fire #4) by Shannon Stacey | 4 out of 5
Undone by You (Chicago Rebels #3) by Kate Meader | 4 out of 5
One Fell Sweep (Innkeeper Chronicles #3) by Ilona Andrews | 4.75 out of 5
Bayou Moon (The Edge #2) by Ilona Andrews | 4.25 out of 5

Everything, Everything (2017) | 3 out of 5

What I Posted

Week in Review (86)
My Life in Books

What I Got

Just for You by Rosalind James
The Real Thing by Cassie Mae
The Bone Bearer by Lani Wendt Young
The Water Burns by Lani Wendt Young

What I Got for Review

Hot Asset (21 Wall Street #1) by Lauren Layne
Every Time You Go Away by Beth Harbison

What I Watched on TV

The Resident: The Resident is back this week and holy cow, you just know that it’s building to a dramatic as shit explosive finale because holy hot damn!!

Grown-ish: Ugh, I’m still not over who she chose so ugh again.

Suits: I’m not sure what I’m feeling about how this season ended. I’m happy that Meghan Markle can now jump into her new life as a real-life Princess without looking back. I’m just curious how this entire show is going to move on without Mike. Mike’s been the center, and the heart of this show so without him around, how the heck is that going to work? Katherine Heigl is going to replace Mike? Hahahahahahahaha, riiiggghhhtt.

What Movies I Watched


Guardians of Galaxy, vol. 2 (2017) | 4 out of 5
Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015) | 4 out of 5
Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014) | 4.75 out of 5
Avengers: Infinity War (2018) | 4 out of 5
12 Strong (2017) | 4 out of 5
Den of Thieves (2018) | 3.5 out of 5
A Quiet Place (2018) | 4 out of 5

You guys, I’m still not over Infinity War. Seriously, how, what, why?????

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


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