Posted October 26, 2016 by Rowena in Features | 4 Comments
Top 5 Wednesday was created by Lainey at Ginger Reads Lainey but is hosted by Sam at Thoughts on Tomes. You can read more about this meme on the Goodreads Group here.
This weeks topic is: Favorite Spooky Settings
These can be settings that exist in books or ones you’d like to see in books. Also, if you are like me, you don’t really have to make this about horror or scary settings. You can also use eerie, atmospheric settings. Macabre settings. Eclectic settings. I’m not a scary horror person either, but I do enjoy the latter.
I don’t read any horror or scary books so for this week’s topic, I’m going to share five settings that creeped me out in the books that I’ve read.
1. That room where Sahara was taken to and held captive in Heart of Obsidian by Nalini Singh: Sahara was held captive for YEARS. She was held by this really ugly person and he did everything in his power to break her, break her spirit and he just creeped me the heck out. I associate him with the dark that was in Kaleb and the stuff that he did to Kaleb and then to Sahara before they were both able to break free from him was seriously creepy. He really messed them up so it was good to see them find each other again and heal from the cruel things of their pasts.
2. The place Sully was held captive in Mexico in Midnight Revenge by Elle Kennedy: Sully was taken captive by mistake and the place where he was tortured for information and the things that were done to him broke my heart. He suffered greatly at the hands of his captives and just thinking about the place where he was kept gives me the creeps.
3. Anna’s first Alpha’s home in Cry Wolf by Patricia Briggs: Ugh, this whole place was just creepy AF. Her first Alpha, his wife, the people in her pack, all of them were just eww. I would have a constant case of the creeps if I had to go there all the time. Ewww, just freaking gross.
4. The villains lair in Angels Blood by Nalini Singh: The villain in this book was dis-flippin-gusting. He was feral and bloodthirsty and just all around gross and creepy as hell. His lair was filled with every freaking gross thing you can think of. All bad stuff. All bad and bloody. My skin crawled just reading about it. I can’t imagine ever actually visiting that place.
5. The entire town where Cryers Cross by Lisa McMann was set: This whole book was dark and the town that this book was set in was creepy as hell. The people were strange, the feel of the place, the tone of the story just added to the creepiness of the town so yeah, this town was total Creepville.
Have you read any books that were spooky or just all around creepy? Which ones?
Tags: Alpha and Omega Series, Elle Kennedy, Guild Hunters Series, Killer Instincts Series, Lisa McMann, Nalini Singh, Patricia Briggs, Psy-Changelings Series, Top 5 Wednesday
Posted September 19, 2016 by Rowena in Features | 13 Comments
..and I’m back! I read 4 books this week and I’m still in my reading groove right now. So stinkin’ excited to be reading again.
The highlight of this week was Brenna’s senior pictures. Here’s a picture that I snapped during her photo shoot. I thought she did great but I’m biased. 🙂
Now her senior year is officially under way. Basketball fundraising has started, off-season conditioning has started and I just want everything to slow down.
The Viscount and the Vixen (Hellions of Havisham #3) by Lorraine Heath.
Love begets madness. Viscount Locksley watched it happen to his father after his cherished wife’s death. But when his sire arranges to marry flame-haired fortune hunter Portia Gadstone, Locke is compelled to take drastic measures to stop the stunning beauty from taking advantage of the marquess. A marriage of mutual pleasure could be convenient, indeed… as long as inconvenient feelings don’t interfere.
Desperation forced Portia to agree to marry a madman. The arrangement will offer the protection she needs. Or so she believes until the marquess’s distractingly handsome son peruses the fine print… and takes his father’s place!
Now the sedate—and, more importantly, secure—union Portia planned has been tossed in favor of one simmering with wicked temptation and potential heartbreak. Because as she begins to fall for her devilishly seductive husband, her dark secrets surface and threaten to ruin them both—unless Locke is willing to risk all and open his heart to love.
It’s Locke time. 🙂
The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins | 3.5 out of 5
The Boy is Back (Boy #4) by Meg Cabot | 4 out of 5
To Love and to Cherish (Wedding Belles #3) by Lauren Layne | 4.5 out of 5
The Billionaire Next Door (Billionaire Bad Boys #2) by Jessica Lemmon | 4 out of 5
My favorite read of the week was To Love and to Cherish (Wedding Belles #3) by Lauren Layne. I was looking forward to reading Alexis and Logan’s story and Lauren Layne nailed their romance. It was just as great as the other books and I adored both Alexis and Logan. It was so much fun.
My least favorite read of the week goes to The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins. Rachel, Megan and even Anna got on my hot damn nerves throughout the entire book but I still ended up liking the book. I couldn’t put the book down even though I was mad as hell at everyone and everything going on. The mystery was nailed though because as soon as I figured it out, I was shocked as shit and before I could lurch up in bed, my iPad fell on my face. Ha! So while I liked the book, it just wasn’t my favorite of the week.
Logan Harris from To Love and to Cherish (Wedding Belles #3) by Lauren Layne.
He smiled down at her, his hands cupping her face. “Ask me again. Ask me the reason.”
Logan was everything that I was hoping he’d be from the previous books in this series and I finished his book with a great big smile on my face. Loved him.
Just One Week by Alice Gaines
Who’s That Girl? by Mhairi McFarlane
A Scot in the Dark by Sarah MacLean
Wild Embrace by Nalini Singh
I’m wrapped up in review books this week so I didn’t look to see what I was going to add to my TBR list. Maybe this week will be different.
Size Matters by Alison Bliss
Four Weddings and a Sixpence by Julia Quinn, Elizabeth Boyle, Stephanie Sloane & Laura Lee Guhrke
To Love and to Cherish (Wedding Belles #3) by Lauren Layne
There you have it, my week in books. How did your week go?
Tags: Alice Gaines, Alison Bliss, Books, Elizabeth Boyle, Jessica Lemmon, Julia Quinn, Laura Lee Guhrke, Lauren Layne, Meg Cabot, Mhairi McFarlane, Nalini Singh, Paula Hawkins, Sarah MacLean, Stephanie Sloane, The Weekly Recap, Week in Books, Week in Review
Posted February 15, 2016 by Rowena in Features | 0 Comments
So a couple of weeks ago, Nalini Singh (of Psy/Changelings series fame) made an announcement through her newsletter and I haven’t been able to stop celebrating ever since.
Here’s the announcement:
“So, I planned only to write about these rock stars… then along came some rugby players. It looks like my next contemporaries will feature Gabriel Bishop’s brothers, those gorgeous rugby players you met in Rock Hard.”
This has been what I looked like ever since the announcement:
I read Rock Hard early last year and immediately wanted books for Gabriel’s family. I’m Samoan so I will always gravitate toward romances featuring Polynesian characters…and we’re finally getting it! I’m super thrilled because this is who I had in my head when we met Gabriel’s family in Rock Hard.
Sonny B. Williams. He’s a rugby player and he’s Polynesian so *swoon* he’s it. He’s who I’m casting as Gabe’s brother and that is only a small portion of why he’s this week’s Man Crush Monday. His striking good looks takes care of all the other reasons he was chosen for this week’s MCM dude.
Tags: Man Crush Monday, Nalini Singh, Sonny B. Williams