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The Wednesday Post (20)

Posted October 23, 2019 by Rowena in Books, Features | 10 Comments

Can’t Wait Wednesday is hosted by Tessa over at Wishful Endings and it was based on Waiting on Wednesday that was hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine. WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme that is hosted by Sam at Taking on a World of Words. I decided that I’m going to do a mashup of the Can’t Wait Wednesday and WWW Wednesday posts here on my blog. I’m bringing them together and calling it The Wednesday Post. Here’s what I’m up to this week.
WWW Wednesday

What did you recently finish reading?

Blitzed (The Playbook #3) by Alexa Martin
It took me a lot longer to read this book than I thought it would take and I think it was because for a huge chunk of the book, it’s slow. Nothing really happens and the characters just weren’t that interesting for me. That bums me out because I was so looking forward to this book and while I did enjoy it, I didn’t enjoy it nearly as much as I enjoyed Fumbled. Oh well, you can’t win them all.
Getting Played (Getting Schooled #1) by Emma Chase
I listened to this at work yesterday and from beginning to end, I was wrapped up in Dean and Lainie’s romance. I adored everything about this book from the romance, Lainie’s pregnancy, Dean trying to be there for Lainie any way that he can while at the same time, trying to forge a bond with Lainie’s son Jason. This book had me cheering for these characters to figure out how to be together so hard that when the book came to an end, I needed a cigarette. LOL, this book was good.

What are you currently reading?

Four Days of You and Me by Miranda Kenneally
I’m getting ready to start this book today. I can’t wait because Miranda Kenneally finally has another book coming out and I love her stuff so I’m all the way in on this one. Fingers crossed that it’s another winner.

What do you think you’ll read next?

A Madness of Sunshine by Nalini Singh The One for You (The Ones that Got Away #4) by Roni Loren
I’m plugging away on my review pile right now so these two books are up. I’ve heard good things about the Nalini Singh and I’m super looking forward to reading Kincaid’s book so I’m pretty stoked for my reading pile for the rest of the week.
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The Wednesday Post (20)Undercover Bromance
by Lyssa Kay Adams
Series: The Bromance Book Club #2
Published by Penguin, Berkley on March 10, 2020
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Point of View:Alternating Third Person
Pages: 320
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Braden Mack thinks reading romance novels makes him an expert in love, but he’ll soon discover that real life is better than fiction.

Liv Papandreas has a dream job as a sous chef at Nashville’s hottest restaurant. Too bad the celebrity chef owner is less than charming behind kitchen doors. After she catches him harassing a young hostess, she confronts him and gets fired. Liv vows revenge, but she’ll need assistance to take on the powerful chef.

Unfortunately, that means turning to Braden Mack. When Liv’s blackballed from the restaurant scene, the charismatic nightclub entrepreneur offers to help expose her ex-boss, but she is suspicious of his motives. He’ll need to call in reinforcements: the Bromance Book Club.

Inspired by the romantic suspense novel they’re reading, the book club assist Liv in setting up a sting operation to take down the chef. But they’re just as eager to help Mack figure out the way to Liv’s heart… even while she’s determined to squelch the sparks between them before she gets burned.

I really enjoyed the first book in this series so I’m all kinds of excited for Mack and Liv’s book. Adams has a great writing style that’s easy to fall in with so I’m really looking forward to what she’s got in store for Liv and Mack. I can just see their chemistry sizzling and their romance steaming up my kindle. I can’t wait! This book comes out on March 10, 2020 so mark your calendars, I’m sure this book is not to be missed!
So, what are you reading this week? Anything good? Anything that you want to rant about? Are you looking forward to Undercover Bromance? What other books are you looking forward to releasing this year?

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The Wednesday Post (15)

Posted June 26, 2019 by Rowena in Books | 0 Comments

Can’t Wait Wednesday is hosted by Tessa over at Wishful Endings and it was based on Waiting on Wednesday that was hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine. WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme that is hosted by Sam at Taking on a World of Words. I decided that I’m going to do a mashup of the Can’t Wait Wednesday and WWW Wednesday posts here on my blog. I’m bringing them together and calling it The Wednesday Post. Here’s what I’m up to this week.
WWW Wednesday

What did you recently finish reading?

Night Broken (Mercy Thompson #8) by Patricia Briggs
This book took a lot out of me. The story itself was really good and I was deeply invested in what was going on but I spent most of the book sorely disappointed in people that I have come to love and respect. But it was also in this book that my love and admiration for Mercy Thompson was solidified. Often times, there are series written around a main heroine that everyone and their Mom falls in love with and wants to protect and I don’t get the appeal but not that’s not the case with Mercy. I completely get why everyone in her world loves her. Hell, I love her. I would follow her right off a bridge if she needed me to. She’s that awesome to me. My friend Holly said it best though when she said, “I thought Mercy was going to be a super badass. Like Kate Daniels badass. But she isn’t. She’s just this regular person, trying her best.” and that is exactly why I love Mercy so much. She’s just a mechanic, trying to live her best life and not leave anyone behind. She’s seriously the best.

What are you currently reading?

Fire Touched (Mercy Thompson #9) by Patricia Briggs
I’ve been trying to catch up with this series all year long and I haven’t gotten anywhere with that goal so the minute that I was done reading all of my May and June review books, I jumped back into this world and I’m not leaving until I’m completely caught up. Also, I’m really glad that I read this book immediately after finishing Night Broken because as mad as I was at a certain Alpha, I’m glad that I didn’t really stew in how mad I was am with him. He kind of made up for some (not all) of the shit that he put me through in the last book but he’s still got a ways to go before I’ll be completely over all of the shenanigans he let his ex-wife and his pack get away with.

What do you think you’ll read next?

Silence Fallen (Mercy Thompson #10) by Patricia Briggs Storm Cursed (Mercy Thompson #11) by Patricia Briggs
Like I said earlier, I’m determined to be completely caught up on this series so that I can work on other series that I’ve been itching to read. I’m really enjoying the time that I’m spending in this world so I’ll be reading these two books next before jumping back into my review pile for next month. Wish me luck!
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The Wednesday Post (15)Twice in a Blue Moon
by Christina Lauren
Published by Simon & Schuster, Gallery Books on October 22, 2019
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Point of View:First Person
Pages: 368
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley
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From the New York Times bestselling author of The Unhoneymooners and the “delectable, moving” (Entertainment Weekly) My Favorite Half-Night Stand comes a modern love story about what happens when your first love reenters your life when you least expect it…

Sam Brandis was Tate Jones’s first: Her first love. Her first everything. Including her first heartbreak.

During a whirlwind two-week vacation abroad, Sam and Tate fell for each other in only the way that first loves do: sharing all of their hopes, dreams, and deepest secrets along the way. Sam was the first, and only, person that Tate—the long-lost daughter of one of the world’s biggest film stars—ever revealed her identity to. So when it became clear her trust was misplaced, her world shattered for good.

Fourteen years later, Tate, now an up-and-coming actress, only thinks about her first love every once in a blue moon. When she steps onto the set of her first big break, he’s the last person she expects to see. Yet here Sam is, the same charming, confident man she knew, but even more alluring than she remembered. Forced to confront the man who betrayed her, Tate must ask herself if it’s possible to do the wrong thing for the right reason… and whether “once in a lifetime” can come around twice.

With Christina Lauren’s signature “beautifully written and remarkably compelling” (Sarah J. Maas, New York Times bestselling author) prose and perfect for fans of Emily Giffin and Jennifer Weiner, Twice in a Blue Moon is an unforgettable and moving novel of young love and second chances.

Christina Lauren has been doing a great job of writing contemporary romances lately and I’m here for all of their releases. I have enjoyed the last few books they released and I have every faith that I’m going to enjoy this one as well. This book comes on out October 22nd so you’ll want to mark your calendars…this promises to be another winner from the dynamic writing duo.
So, what are you reading this week? Anything good? Anything that you want to rant about? Are you looking forward to Twice in a Blue Moon? What other books are you looking forward to releasing this year?

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The Wednesday Post (14)

Posted June 12, 2019 by Rowena in Books | 4 Comments

Can’t Wait Wednesday is hosted by Tessa over at Wishful Endings and it was based on Waiting on Wednesday that was hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine. WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme that is hosted by Sam at Taking on a World of Words. I decided that I’m going to do a mashup of the Can’t Wait Wednesday and WWW Wednesday posts here on my blog. I’m bringing them together and calling it The Wednesday Post. Here’s what I’m up to this week.
WWW Wednesday

What did you recently finish reading?

Natalie Tan’s Book of Luck and Fortune by Roselle Lim
This book didn’t live up to the hype that I was giving it in my head before I started. It started off really slow and it felt like it took me far too long to warm up to Natalie and everyone else. It seems like everyone else in the world enjoyed this one a lot more than I did.

What are you currently reading?

Waiting for Tom Hanks by Kerry Winfree
Hmmm…what can I say about this one? I was determined to finish this one last night but that didn’t happen. It was far too easy for me to put this book down because the heroine is on my last damn nerve so I’m really hoping and praying that I finish this one today so that I can move on with my life. I hope Annie gets that giant stick out of her ass because she’s hella extra and ugh. Wish me luck.

What do you think you’ll read next?

The Friend Zone by Abby Jimenez Highland Deception by Meggan Connors
I really need a turnaround this week. I’ve read a lot of not for me books so I’m really hoping that either one of these reads is a good one. I think I’m getting too old because I’m not connecting with these young characters, not as much as I used to. Seriously, wish me luck?
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The Wednesday Post (14)The Play
by Elle Kennedy
Series: Briar U #3
Also in this series: The Chase
Published by Self-Published, Elle Kennedy on October 7, 2019
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
Point of View:Alternating First Person
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
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Coming this fall, a brand-new standalone in the New York Times bestselling Briar U series!

She’s the player he never saw coming…

I’m super interested in reading this book. I’ve been reading about these characters since they first appeared in the Off Campus and Briar U series and I’m looking forward to see what Kennedy brings with this one. Hunter annoyed me some in The Chase but I’m curious about him and I’m so here for seeing him grow into his own so yes, please hurry up and release this book so that I can devour it in one sitting. Elle Kennedy writes fantastic college romances and I have adored each and every single NA book that she’s written in one way or another so I’m anxiously waiting for this one. Elle Kennedy released who Hunter’s heroine is and…I don’t remember meeting her so is she a new character? This book comes out on October 7th and I’ll be sitting here, anxiously waiting…probably looking like this:
Mark your calendars, lovely readers!
So, what are you reading this week? Anything good? Anything that you want to rant about? Are you looking forward to The Play? What other books are you looking forward to releasing this year?

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My 2019 Most Anticipated Reads

Posted February 7, 2019 by Rowena in Books | 12 Comments

I meant to do this a couple of weeks ago and time got away from me but I’m still going to do it because I think it’s a cool thing to do and I’m curious on how many of these I’ll actually read and love. I’ve seen this around blogland and a bunch of my favorite bloggers posted the books that they’re looking forward to releasing the most this year and then at the end of the year, or beginning of the next year, they’ll tally up the number of books from this list that they read and enjoyed.
[one_fifth] JAN 22 AMZ | B&N[/one_fifth] [one_fifth] JAN 29 AMZ | B&N[/one_fifth] [one_fifth] FEB 12 AMZ | B&N | GOOGLE[/one_fifth] [one_fifth] FEB 18 AMZ | B&N[/one_fifth] [one_fifth] FEB 19 AMZ | B&N | GOOGLE[/one_fifth] [one_fifth] FEB 26 AMZ | B&N | GOOGLE[/one_fifth] [one_fifth] MAY 7 AMZ | B&N | GOOGLE[/one_fifth] [one_fifth] MAY 28 AMZ | B&N[/one_fifth] [one_fifth] JUN 4 AMZ | B&N | GOOGLE[/one_fifth] [one_fifth] JUL 30 AMZ | B&N | GOOGLE[/one_fifth] [one_fifth] AUG 27 AMZ | B&N | GOOGLE[/one_fifth] [one_fifth] AUG 27 AMZ | B&N[/one_fifth] [one_fifth] OCT 29 AMZ | B&N | GOOGLE[/one_fifth]
                                There you have it, my most anticipated list for 2019. Are you surprised that Lauren Layne is on here? How about The Bride Test by Helen Hoang? If you know me then you shouldn’t be surprised by anything on this list because I’ve made no secret about the fact that I love each and every single author listed on this list. I seriously cannot wait to get my hands on all of these books, some I already got because it’s already February and I still didn’t get this posted but still…squee, one more week before Huge Deal.
What are some of your most anticipated releases for 2019? Anything not listed here? Share in the comments!

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Can’t Wait Wednesday: On the Come Up by Angie Thomas

Posted December 5, 2018 by Rowena in Features | 0 Comments

Can’t Wait Wednesday is hosted by Tressa at Wishful Endings and it was based on the meme Waiting on Wednesday that was hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine. Can’t Wait Wednesday: On the Come Up by Angie ThomasOn the Come Up
by Angie Thomas
Published by Harper Collins, Balzer + Bray on February 5, 2019
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
Pages: 320
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Sixteen-year-old Bri wants to be one of the greatest rappers of all time. Or at least make it out of her neighborhood one day. As the daughter of an underground rap legend who died before he hit big, Bri’s got big shoes to fill. But now that her mom has unexpectedly lost her job, food banks and shutoff notices are as much a part of Bri’s life as beats and rhymes. With bills piling up and homelessness staring her family down, Bri no longer just wants to make it—she has to make it.

On the Come Up is Angie Thomas’s homage to hip-hop, the art that sparked her passion for storytelling and continues to inspire her to this day. It is the story of fighting for your dreams, even as the odds are stacked against you; of the struggle to become who you are and not who everyone expects you to be; and of the desperate realities of poor and working-class black families.

The Hate U Give was one of the first audiobooks that I listened to this year and I was gripped from beginning to end so I knew that I was going to watch the movie as soon as it came out. It was a compelling story about what it’s like to grow up being black in these modern times. You’d think that the race issue would be something of the past, that we’ve grown as a society but there are a lot of things that still go on today that disappoints me. I wouldn’t say that I enjoyed The Hate U Give because my heart broke for all of the characters involved (except Starr’s white bestie from school) but I was invested in everything that was going on and I thought Angie Thomas wrote a fabulous story to shed some light on what it’s like to not have white privilege. That being said, I’m really looking forward to reading this book when it comes out. It looks like another engaging story and I’m so here for it. I think Angie Thomas has a compelling writing style and I have every confidence that I’ll be invested in everything that goes down in On the Come Up so sign me up!
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Are you planning on getting On the Come Up by Angie Thomas? What are some of the books you’re looking forward to releasing in the next few months?

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