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Monthly Recap: August 2016

Posted September 1, 2016 by Rowena in Features | 10 Comments

Summer is just about done for my kid and in a week, she’ll be home from Colorado for good and she’ll start her senior year in high school. Gah. She has senior pictures on the first day of school so we’re going to be super busy that day and I’m not ready for Brenna to be a senior in high school. On the upside, our family finally has a football player to support so I’ll be watching some high school football thanks to my nephew Chase. Go Saxons!

1. My sister turned 50: Blanche turned 50 this year and she looks fabulous! We had a great big surprise party for her at Mom’s favorite restaurant and even though she was salty that nobody wanted to go to Disneyland with her that day (the only thing she wanted to do) she got over it when she saw everyone that showed up for her party…even her daughters who live in Utah and the other one who was supposed to be in Colorado. It was a great time.

2. Saying Goodbye to Old Friends: My childhood ward dissolved last month and so I spent most of the month hanging out with my childhood friends and reminiscing about the good ol’ days when we would ditch Sunday School to walk to 7-11 or

3. Brenna’s Co-Ed Tournament: Our last year playing in this co-ed tournament and we were the winners of the Losers Bracket. I blame Jonathan for taking 50 shots a game and only making 3…the entire tournament. Ha. Still, it was a lot of fun to watch the kids play for fun and not be under so much pressure to perform on their club and high school teams. There was a lot of laughs and a whole lot of yelling at Jonathan to stop shooting the ball.

1. The Last Ship. It is all Grace’s fault that I did absolutely nothing else with my free weekends but watch every single episode of this show because hot damn, this show is good. Season 3 is underway and I’m blown away with how fresh and explosive each episode is…still.

Grace knows me so well because she knew that I would start the show for this guy:


..and I did. But now I watch and love the show for everyone else too. I have a total girl crush on his wife on the show, Kara Foster. She’s a boss! She’s also freaking gorgeous!


If Holly tells you that I changed the part in my hair to match Kara’s hairstyle in the picture, don’t believe her…much. LOL, who am I kidding?? I totally changed my hairstyle to look like Kara’s cause I’m a freaking weirdo like that. So as you can tell, I freaking love this show and am so stinkin’ sad that I’m all caught up so now I have to watch the show one episode at a time and this waiting business is for the birds. Gah.

2. Bourne. I watched a few movies this month (that’s what happens when your daughter is gone for the summer and you’re a free woman! Yay!) and Jason Bourne was one of them. I almost didn’t make it past about 30 minutes into the movie cause they did my girl Nikki wrong but I was glad that I stuck around because while it wasn’t my favorite Bourne movie, I still liked it.

3. Bad Moms. I didn’t need to watch this movie to know that I was probably a bad Mom. According to my snobby co-worker, bad Moms let their kids eat Lunchables. Brenna loves Lunchables. So being a bad Mom wasn’t anything new to me but after watching this movie, I embraced being a bad Mom because hell, I’m not perfect but my kid is still pretty freaking awesome. She’s well-mannered, she tries hard and she’s respectful of others. Win! This movie was funny. It was all kinds of cheesy too but I didn’t even care, I laughed and laughed and laughed. The kind of movie that you watch every time they show it on TV.

I started writing again, a second chance contemporary romance so while I’m writing, I’m listening to the playlist that inspired the characters and story. Here are some of the songs on that playlist.

1. Dance for You by Beyonce. This song inspired a scene in my story where the heroine gets a little revenge while paying up on a bet she lost to the hero. If you watched the video for this song, Beyonce dances for her man and in my story, so does Sophie. Jack wasn’t ready for Sophie’s dance. Not at all. Ha!

2. Closer by The Chainsmokers featuring Halsey. This is the ultimate second chance romance song, at least for me. The first verse is basically my hero Jack and the second verse is my heroine Sophie. They come together after some time apart and pretty much live out this song. Ha!

3. Blank Space/Style (Taylor Swift Mashup) covered by Louisa Wendorff. This is another song that is all Jack and Sophie. “We go crashing down, we come back every time, we never go out of style…” Everyone knew that these two were meant to be together and that they would stop fighting so hard to not be together eventually because these two were never going out of style and Sophie had a blank space on her list for Jack. Ha!

1. Wild Embrace (Psy/Changelings #15.5) by Nalini Singh | 4 out of 5
2. No Mistress of Mine (An American Heiress in London #4) by Laura Lee Guhrke | 4 out of 5
3. The Rogue Not Taken (Scandal & Scoundrels #1) by Sarah MacLean | 4.75 out of 5
4. A Scot in the Dark (Scandal & Scoundrels #2) by Sarah MacLean | 1 out of 5
5. Rookie Move (Brooklyn Bruisers #1) by Sarina Bowen | 4 out of 5
6. Who’s That Girl? by Mhairi McFarLane | 3 out of 5
7. The Year We Fell Down (Ivy Years #1) by Sarina Bowen (re-read) | 4.25 out of 5
8. The Trouble with Mistletoe (Heartbreaker Bay #2) by Jill Shalvis | 3.5 out of 5
9. Just One Week by Alice Gaines | 1 out of 5
10. Do You Want to Start a Scandal? (Spindle Cove #5) by Tessa Dare | 4.25 out of 5
11. Bedmates (American Royalty #1) by Nichole Chase | 3.5 out of 5

Last month, five of my reviews went live on my book blog Book Binge and if you click on the book covers above, you’ll go right to my review for each of those books.

This is the trendy little spot that my bestie and I had our The Hills lunch at. We ordered spring rolls, egg rolls, shrimp pad thai, a taro smoothie and a chamoy mango smoothie. It sounds like a lot but actually, it was a lot of food but we ate it all and I really liked everything that I had. I’m not a boba girl so I didn’t get any of that boba stuff that Brenna loves so much but everything was great. I will definitely eat here again.

There you have it, everything that I did, watched and read in the month of August. How was your month? Watch anything good? Read anything fabulous? Tell me in the comments!

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Review: Me Before You

Posted August 11, 2016 by Rowena in Reviews | 10 Comments

Me Before You
Starring: Emilia Clarke, Sam Claflin, Janet McTeer
Director: Thea Sharrock
Release Date: June 3, 2016
Rating: PG-13
Run Time: 110 minutes
Movie Type: Drama, Romance

Young and quirky Louisa “Lou” Clark (Emilia Clarke) moves from one job to the next to help her family make ends meet. Her cheerful attitude is put to the test when she becomes a caregiver for Will Traynor (Sam Claflin), a wealthy young banker left paralyzed from an accident two years earlier. Will’s cynical outlook starts to change when Louisa shows him that life is worth living. As their bond deepens, their lives and hearts change in ways neither one could have imagined.

Last year, my book club read this book for a discussion and I was not okay after finishing the book. I had so many things to gripe about when discussing the book. Mostly, this book made me sad and it depressed the hell out of me and I ugly cried through most of the story so when we heard that the book was being turned into a movie, we were all adamant about not wanting to watch it. We’re a bunch of romantics and we need that happily ever after and the ending for this book? I can’t even talk about it.

So weeks passed after our discussion and news about the movie starting pouring onto our FB feeds and on the blogs that I read every day. I heard that Khaleesi was cast as Lou Clark and Finnick from the Hunger Games was cast as Will freaking Traynor. Enough time had passed that I forgot about how depressing the book was that I messaged the movie trailer to my book club friends and asked, “Who’s in?”

Of course everyone was in because hello? Khaleesi and Finnick together on screen? We’re so there for that, only we couldn’t get our schedules to line up properly to go and see the movie together that I ended up seeing it for the first time with my daughter and all of her friends (my nieces and nephew). What’s funny is that we took my nephew along with us to see the movie because he wanted to spend some time with us before leaving to play football at Louisville and we took him to see this movie. Ha! He was the only guy with us and he’s this big hulking football player and he was sitting in the back of the theater with us while we ugly cried our way through this movie.

There was a lot of ugly crying going on too.

Enough time had passed that I didn’t remember all of the details from the book but the big things that I did remember made it onto the movie and I ate it all up.

So Louisa Clark is a quirky young woman who just lost her job at the town cafe when it closes down and she’s in the market for a new job. Her father just got laid off so she starts to feel a bit of pressure to find a new job to help her family stay afloat. She lands a job as a caretaker for a paralyzed banker named Will Traynor and her nerves and sparkling personality are sorely tested with each passing day of her new job. Will is a complete bore and she starts to dread going to work but eventually, things start to turn around for her when her and Will strike up an unexpected friendship. It’s not a perfect friendship but Will is completely different from anyone she’s ever met (not just because he’s rich) and she’s charmed with what she’s starting to learn about him.

Will has a big secret that he doesn’t talk about and when Lou finds out about it, she’s heartbroken. She doesn’t know how to help him or change his mind but that doesn’t stop her from trying.

I really enjoyed Emelia Clarke as Lou. She brought Lou’s sparkling personality and cheerful disposition to life so wonderfully that I was thoroughly charmed with Lou’s character all over again. I loved seeing the bumble be tights and the look of pure bliss on Lou’s face when she got them.

Sam Claflin as Will Traynor was another fantastic casting. I really liked his surly temperament and loved the way that his feelings for Lou changed and grew. I loved seeing his feelings for her grow. It was one thing to see the change come over him while reading the book but seeing it on the big screen was just great.

There wasn’t a thing that I didn’t like about this movie (hell, I was even okay in the end). The acting, the humor, the scenery, the music. It all completely worked for me that I went and saw it again two more times in the theater.

So while this movie had me looking like this throughout most of it:


I ended up feeling like this afterward because that ending scene with Lou? I loved it:


Grade: 5 out of 5

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Review: Jason Bourne

Posted August 9, 2016 by Rowena in Reviews | 4 Comments

Starring: Matt Damon, Julia Stiles, Tommy Lee Jones, Alicia Vikander
Director: Paul Greengrass
Release Date: July 29, 2016
Rating: PG-13
Run Time: 123 minutes
Movie Type: Action, Thriller

It’s been 10 years since Jason Bourne (Matt Damon) walked away from the agency that trained him to become a deadly weapon. Hoping to draw him out of the shadows, CIA director Robert Dewey assigns hacker and counterinsurgency expert Heather Lee to find him. Lee suspects that former operative Nicky Parsons is also looking for him. As she begins tracking the duo, Bourne finds himself back in action battling a sinister network that utilizes terror and technology to maintain unchecked power.

I’ve been pretty anxious to watch this movie because I have loved all of the Jason Bourne movies and I’ve been low key shipping Jason Bourne with Nikki Parsons since way back when. I should have known better because these are not romance novels or even romantic comedies, these movies pack the action and the suspense in and while I did end up enjoying the movie, I was a bit bummed by what happened pretty early on.

So the movie starts off with a bunch of action scenes and I was immediately drawn into the latest web surrounding, Jason Bourne. Nikki Parsons has some news that she thinks Jason should know and she risks her life to get that information to him…now I’m not going to lie. I’m going to hide this part of my review because there’s a huge spoiler in it. Enter at your own risk:


I almost got up and walked out when that stuff went down with Nikki and Jason in the very beginning. I have been a shipper of those two from the very first movie and I’m so bummed that my ship sunk in spectacular fashion. *sigh* R.I.P. Nikki Parsons.

The show must go on and it really did. Bourne was on a mission to get some answers and to once again take down the bad guys who are big bad bullies hiding behind the US Government.

This movie packed an action packed punch and I thought it was another fantastic Bourne movie. The pacing was great, the action was intense and Matt Damon shines in my favorite role of his. One thing that really stood out to me was how grown Damon is. He’s really aged since the first movie and that was pronounced in this movie but only freaking Matt Damon can age really, really freaking well. Older Bourne is just as hot and sexy as younger Bourne was and I was all about him in this movie.

Overall, I was a fan of pretty much everything in this movie except Heather Lee. She can go and suck a something bad. Still, this was a great movie and a great addition to the Bourne movies. I definitely recommend.

Grade: 4 out of 5

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Friday Five (5)

Posted February 26, 2016 by Rowena in Features | 2 Comments

Friday Five

This week’s post will feature the five movies that I’m looking forward to watching.

[1] Me Before You.

I read this book for book club last year and it destroyed me for a good two weeks. I laughed, I cried, I happy sighed and then I ugly cried. I didn’t think that I would want to see the movie, knowing what happens in the book but after seeing the trailer…screw it. I want to see it. How can I pass up Finnick and Khaleesi? Like Kenna, this movie had me at Ed Sheeran. 🙂

[2] Allegiant.

I’m here for Four. I have always been here for Four. I’m not even mad about what happens in the book. All I care about is Four. I’m definitely watching this movie.

[3] Suicide Squad.

This one looks good. It looks funny and action packed and just right for what I’m always in the mood for. I’m in.

[4] Deadpool.

I’ve heard a lot about this movie. Some good, some bad but it’s Ryan Reynolds so I’ve always been interested in watching it. So this is on my to be watched list.

[5] 13 Hours.

Well would you look at Jim Halpert, all sexy and shit. I’m way interested in watching this movie because it looks good, it’s based on a true story and it features a whole bunch of hotties.

I’m sure there are more but these are the five that stand out for me.

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