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The Monthly Recap: March 2019

Posted April 11, 2019 by Rowena in Books, Features | 2 Comments

Each month, I put together this post so that I can keep tabs on my reading month. I’ve got lots of books that I need to read, challenges that I’m participating in and putting this post together keeps me focused on how I’m doing in those challenges and in my reading goals as a whole. I also keep tabs on books that I get for review and books that I purchase each year.

Welcome to my monthly recap of the month that was March 2019.

What I Did

March was the month that I fell behind on everything from books to blogs to life. I just wasn’t in the mood for much but hanging with my favorite Caiden in Utah.

We celebrated Brenna’s birthday. She turned 20 and she got a brand-spanking new car. It’s been a month since she got her car and she’s very comfortable driving now but her excitement for the new car has worn off because she drives everyone, everywhere and she’s low key over that.

I attended a couple of Bachelor Nights with Bren and her basketball squad but I didn’t get all into The Bachelor as they did. Mostly, I went to Bachelor Night to eat their food. LOL. Basketball season officially ended and I took Lukey to his end of the year basketball banquet and it’s funny to see the parents and even coaches talk to me like I’m Luke’s Mom. Sure, Luke’s Mom is my sister but she’s white with blue eyes. I’m brown with brown eyes.

Then I went to Utah for a week to hang with Caiden while his Mom started her in office training at her new job. Caiden turned 2 while I was in Utah and the picture on the right is from his birthday dinner with the fam. How cute is he?

Now…on to the books.

Monthly Book Stats

Books Read: 13 | Books DNF’d: 0
Books Purchased: 4 | Books Received for Review: 4 | Reviews Posted: 8
Highest Grade: 4.5 out of 5 | Lowest Grade: 3 out of 5

What I Read

1. The Dating Game by Kiley Roache (eARC) | 3.25 out of 5
2. Eyes on Me by Rachel Harris (eARC) | 4 out of 5
3. Team Player by Julianna Keyes (eARC) | 4 out of 5
4. Overnight Sensation (Brooklyn Bruisers #5) by Sarina Bowen (eBook) | 4.5 out of 5
5. Magic Bites (Kate Daniels #1) by Ilona Andrews (eBook) | 3 out of 5
6. Repeat by Kylie Scott (Audiobook) | 4 out of 5
7. Getting Lucky Number Seven (Taking Shots #1) by Cindi Madsen (Audiobook) | 4 out of 5
8. Anatomy of a Player (Taking Shots #2) by Cindi Madsen (Audiobook) | 3.25 out of 5
9. Next Year in Havana by Chanel Cleeton (eBook) | 4 out of 5
10. The Right Swipe (Modern Dating #1) by Alisha Rai (eARC) | 3.5 out of 5
11. When We Left Cuba by Chanel Cleeton (eARC) | 4.25 out of 5
12. You’d be Mine by Erin Hahn (eARC) | 4 out of 5
13. Extra Credit by Sarina Bowen (eBook) | 4.25 out of 5

My favorite read of the month is probably Overnight Sensation by Sarina Bowen. It’s my kind of romance. The kind of romance that I gravitate toward all the time. I enjoyed a bunch of other stuff over the course of the month but Jason and Heidi really rocked my socks.

My least favorite read goes to Magic Bites by Ilona Andrews. I spent too much of that book bored but I am looking forward to continuing the series though so that’s something.

What I Reviewed


Bad Bachelor (Bad Bachelors #1) by Stefanie London | 3 out of 5
Bad Reputation (Bad Bachelors #2) by Stefanie London | 1 out of 5
Overnight Sensation (Brooklyn Bruisers #5) by Sarina Bowen | 4.5 out of 5
Getting Lucky Number Seven (Taking Shots #1) by Cindi Madsen | 4 out of 5
Magic Bites (Kate Daniels #1) by Ilona Andrews | 3 out of 5
The Dating Game by Kiley Roache | 3 out of 5
Eyes on Me by Rachel Harris | 4 out of 5
Team Player by Julianna Keyes | 4 out of 5

What I Purchased

A Week to Be Wicked (Spindle Cove #2) by Tessa Dare
Naked in Death (In Death #1) by J.D. Robb
Thirsty (Eastside Brewery #1) by Mia Hopkins
Rafe (Loose Ends #1) by Rebekah Weatherspoon

What I Got for Review

If It Makes You Happy by Claire Kann
Call it What You Want by Brigid Kemmemer
The Rest of the Story by Sarah Dessen
The Duchess in His Bed (Sins for All Seasons #4) by Lorraine Heath
Storm Cursed (Mercy Thompson #11) by Patricia Briggs

There you have it, the month that was March in books for me. How did your month look? Did you read any good books? Any bad books? Share with me in the comments!


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The Monthly Recap: February 2019

Posted March 12, 2019 by Rowena in Books, Features | 2 Comments

It’s been a long couple of weeks for me. Lots of family stuff, on top of some work stuff going on that just has kept me busy and that is the reason why this post is coming to you guys so late. I’ve also been in a bit of a blog slump as well. This month’s recap is mostly going to be a bookish one, I think I’m going to move this post to a more bookish one and leave the personal recap to another post. These posts are really long with just the book stuff so I’m going to separate these for the time being.

Now, let’s get to the bookish goodness, shall we?

Monthly Book Stats

Books Read: 11 | Books DNF’d: 1
Books Purchased: 3 | Books Received for Review: 12 | Reviews Posted: 15
Highest Grade: Huge Deal by Lauren Layne | Lowest Grade: Bad Reputation by Stefanie London

What I Read

1. Devil’s Daughter (The Ravenels #5) by Lisa Kleypas (eARC) | 4.5 out of 5
2. Risk, The (Briar U #2) by Elle Kennedy (eARC) | 4.5 out of 5
3. Assist, The (Smart Jocks #1) by Rebecca Jenshak (eBook) | 3 out of 5
4. Huge Deal (21 Wall Street #3) by Lauren Layne (eBook) | 5 out of 5
5. Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie, The (Mckenzies & McBrides #1) by Jennifer Ashley (Audiobook) | 4.25 out of 5
6. Only a Breath Apart by Katie McGarry (eARC) | 4 out of 5
7. River Marked (Mercy Briggs #6) by Patricia Briggs | 4.25 out of 5
8. Bad Bachelor (Bad Bachelors #1) by Stefanie London (eBook) | 4 out of 5
9. Bad Reputation (Bad Bachelors #2) by Stefanie London (eBook) | 1 out of 5
10. The Kiss Quotient (The Kiss Quotient #1) by Helen Hoang (Audiobook) | 5 out of 5
11. Bad Influence (Bad Bachelors #3) by Stefanie London (eARC) | DNF

My favorite read of the month goes to Huge Deal (21 Wall Street #3) by Lauren Layne because Kennedy and Kate were the bomb and I couldn’t get enough of their story.

My least favorite read goes to Bad Reputation (Bad Bachelors #2) by Stefanie London. Honestly, that whole series left a bad taste in my mouth but the romance in the first book saved the entire book for me, whereas this book just pissed me off left and right and that continued on in the third book before I just closed that book for good and never went back to it. Gah.

Eye Candy Friday

Kennedy Dawson from Huge Deal by Lauren Layne

What I Reviewed

One and Only (Bridesmaids Behaving Badly #1) by Jenny Holiday | 4.5 out of 5
It Takes Two (Bridesmaids Behaving Badly #2) by Jenny Holiday | 4.75 out of 5
Merrily Ever After (Bridesmaids Behaving Badly #2.5) by Jenny Holiday | 4.75 out of 5
Three Little Words (Bridesmaids Behaving Badly #4.5) by Jenny Holiday | 4.5 out of 5
Fame, Fate, and the First Kiss by Kasie West | 3 out of 5
Thirty Day Boyfriend by Whitney G. | 3 out of 5
From Lukov with Love by Mariana Zapata | 4.25 out of 5
The Risk (Briar U #2) by Elle Kennedy | 4.5 out of 5
Devil’s Daughter (The Ravenels #5) by Lisa Kleypas | 4.75 out of 5
Huge Deal (21 Wall Street #3) by Lauren Layne | 5 out of 5
River Marked (Mercy Thompson #6) by Patricia Briggs | 4.25 out of 5
The Scoundrel in Her Bed (Sins for All Seasons #3) by Lorraine Heath | 4.75 out of 5
The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie (The Mackenzies & McBrides #1) by Jennifer Ashley | 4.25 out of 5
Only a Breath Apart by Katie McGarry | 4.25 out of 5
The Assist (Smart Jocks #1) by Rebecca Jenshak | 3 out of 5

What I Purchased

The Date Dare by Tara Sue Me
Tomboy (The Hartigans #3) by Avery Flynn
Finding Alexei by Kendall Ryan

What I Got for Review

Team Player by Julianna Keyes
The Perfect Date by Evelyn Lozada
Natalie Tan’s Book of Luck and Fortune by Roselle Lim
Waiting for Tom Hanks by Kerry Winfrey
Bridal Boot Camp (Little Bridge Island #0.5) by Meg Cabot
The Austen Playbook (London Celebrities #4) by Lucy Parker
The Risk (Briar U #2) by Elle Kennedy
The Right Swipe (Modern Love #1) by Alisha Rai

There you have it, the month that was February in books for me. How did your month look? Did you read any good books? Any bad books? Share with me in the comments!


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The Monthly Recap: January 2019

Posted February 5, 2019 by Rowena in Books, Features | 8 Comments

I can’t remember doing much of anything outside of Brenna’s basketball, book club and a spontaneous girls dinner with my friends. I also remember my car being in the shop and having to pay much more than I anticipated spending to fix that but all is well, my bills are all up to date and I survived so I can’t complain too much. Here’s what my month looked like in books…

Monthly Book Stats

Books Read: 14 | Books DNF’d: 0
Books Purchased: 6 | Books Received for Review: 8 | Reviews Posted: 12
Highest Grade: 4.75 out of 5 | Lowest Grade: 2.5 out of 5

What I Read

1. 99 Percent Mine by Sally Thorne (eARC) | 4 out of 5
2. Holiday Hoops (Hoops #2.5) by Kennedy Ryan (eBook) | 4.25 out of 5
3. Governess Gone Rogue (Dear Lady Truelove #3) by Laura Lee Guhrke (eARC) | 4 out of 5
4. Right Where I Want You by Jessica Hawkins (eBook) | 3.75 out of 5
5. The Wrong Game by Kandi Steiner (eBook) | 2.5 out of 5
6. Blood Kiss (Black Dagger Legacy #1) by J.R. Ward (eBook) | 4 out of 5
7. One and Only (Bridesmaids Behaving Badly #1) by Jenny Holiday (eBook) | 4.5 out of 5
8. It Takes Two (Bridesmaids Behaving Badly #2) by Jenny Holiday (eBook) | 4.75 out of 5
9. Merrily Ever After (Bridesmaids Behaving Badly #2.5) by Jenny Holiday (eBook) | 4.75 out of 5
10. Three Little Words (Bridesmaids Behaving Badly #3) by Jenny Holiday (eARC) | 4.5 out of 5
11. From Lukov with Love by Mariana Zapata (Audiobook) | 4.25 out of 5
12. Thirty Day Boyfriend by Whitney G. (Audiobook) | 3.5 out of 5
13. Fame, Fate, and the First Kiss by Kasie West (eARC) | 3.75 out of 5
14. The Scoundrel in Her Bed (Sins for All Season #3) by Lorraine Heath (eARC) | 4.5 out of 5

My favorite read from January goes to It Takes Two by Jenny Holiday. Wendy and Noah were such a great couple and their story had me laughing and then crying. I just adored seeing them come together and couldn’t wait to jump into the next book in that series. Jenny Holiday is doing contemporary romance right. Love her stuff.

My least favorite read of the month goes to The Wrong Game by Kandi Steiner. I was expecting something a lot lighter than what we got in this book and the heroine’s immature game really tainted my enjoyment, so much so that in the end, I just felt a whole lot of meh for the book.

What I Reviewed

The One You Fight For (The Ones Who Got Away #1) by Roni | 4.25 out of 5
Hate Notes by Vi Keeland & Penelope Ward | 4 out of 5
Famous in a Small Town by Emma Mills | 4 out of 5
Illegally Yours (Laws of Attraction #2) by Kate Meader | 4 out of 5
Hoops Holiday (Hoops #2.5) by Kennedy Ryan | 4.25 out of 5
Mystery Man (Dream Man #1) by Kristen Ashley | 1 out of 5
Playing for Keeps (Heartbreaker Bay #7) by Jill Shalvis | 4 out of 5
Right Where I Want You by Jessica Hawkins
99 Percent Mine by Sally Thorne | 4 out of 5
Governess Gone Rogue (Dear Lady Truelove #3) by Laura Lee Guhrke | 4 out of 5
Blood Kiss (Black Dagger Legacy #1) by J.R. Ward | 3.5 out of 5
The Wrong Game by Kandi Steiner | 2.5 out of 5

What I Posted

Happy New Year!
The Wednesday Post (1)
My TBR Pile: January 2019
Eye Candy Friday: Jax Blackwood from Fall by Kristen Callihan
The Weekly Recap (116)
The Monthly Recap: December 2018
The Wednesday Post (2)
My Personal, Reading, and Blogging Goals for 2019
The Weekly Recap (117)
The Wednesday Post (3)
Eye Candy Friday: Garrett Daniels from Getting Schooled by Emma Chase
The Weekly Recap (118)
The Wednesday Post (4)
Eye Candy Friday: Conrad Hawkins from The Resident
The Weekly Recap (119)
The Wednesday Post (5)
My TBR Pile: February 2019
Eye Candy Friday: Noah Denning from It Takes Two by Jenny Holiday

What I Got

The Deal (Off Campus #1) by Elle Kennedy
Love and Other Words by Christina Lauren
The Secret (Highland Lairds #1) by Julie Garwood
Overnight Sensation (Brooklyn Bruisers #5) by Sarina Bowen
Next Year in Havana by Chanel Cleeton

What I Got for Review

Ayesha at Last by Uzma Jalaluddin
Bad Influence (Bad Bachelors #3) by Stefanie London
Passion on Park Avenue (The Central Park Pact #1) by Lauren Layne
Only a Breath Apart by Katie McGarry
When We Left Cuba by Chanel Cleeton
The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren
Hot to the Touch (Brotherhood by Fire #1) by Jaci Burton
Eyes on Me by Rachel Harris

So how was your January? Did you get all of your end of the year reading done? Did you get anything I should add to my wishlist? Share your month in books and real life with me in the comments!


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