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The Monthly Recap: July 2019

Posted August 8, 2019 by Rowena in Books | 4 Comments

Another month down and another shitty reading month in the books. Sigh. I really thought that things had kicked off for me on the reading front last month but meh, I found every other thing to do in the middle days of July that wasn’t reading and I did that instead. I did get to meet up with some book friends, I celebrated Holly’s birthday with her and I went to another Dodgers game and saw the firework show with them as well, haha. July was a good month, even if it wasn’t a good reading month.

Here’s what my month in books looked like…

Monthly Book Stats

Books Read: 10 | Books DNF’d: 0
Books Purchased: 3 | Books Received for Review: 2 | Reviews Posted: 9
Highest Grade: The Prenup, Brazen and the Beast | Lowest Grade: Like the Wind

What I Read

1. Storm Cursed (Mercy Thompson #11) by Patricia Briggs (eARC) | 4 out of 5
2. Wolf Rain (Psy-Changelings Trinity #3) by Nalini Singh (eARC) | 4.25 out of 5
3. The Prenup by Lauren Layne (eBook) | 4.5 out of 5
4. Beginner’s Luck (Chance of a Lifetime #1) by Kate Clayborne (eBook) | 4 out of 5
5. Like the Wind by J. Bengtsson (Audiobook) | 3 out of 5
6. Daisy’s Back in Town by Rachel Gibson (eBook) | 3.75 out of 5
7. Count to Ten (Romantic Suspense #6) by Karen Rose (eBook) | 4 out of 5
8. How to Date Your Dragon (Mystic Bayou #1) by Molly Harper (Audiobook) | 4 out of 5
9. Brazen and the Beast (The Bareknuckle Bastards #2) by Sarah MacLean (eARC) | 4.5 out of 5
10. Written in Red (The Others #1) by Anne Bishop (Audiobook) | 4 out of 5

Eye Candy Friday

Mercy Thompson
Night Broken by Patricia Briggs

What I Reviewed

The Right Swipe by Alisha Rai | 3.5 out of 5
The Rest of the Story by Sarah Dessen | 4.25 out of 5
Highland Deception by Meggan Connors | 2.5 out of 5
Superfan by Sarina Bowen | 4.25 out of 5
Wolf Rain by Nalini Singh | 4.25 out of 5
Call It What You Want by Brigid Kemmerer | 3.75 out of 5
Daisy’s Back in Town by Rachel Gibson | 3.5 out of 5
Night Broken (Mercy Thompson #8) by Patricia Briggs | 3.25 out of 5
Like the Wind by J. Bengtsson | 2.75 out of 5

What I Purchased

Daisy’s Back in Town by Rachel Gibson
Desire and the Deep Blue Sea (Love Unscripted #1) by Olivia Dade

Written in Red (The Others #1) by Anne Bishop

What I Got for Review

A Madness of Sunshine by Nalini Singh
Blitzed (Playbook #3) by Alexa Martin

There you have it, the month that was July 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: June 2019

Posted July 2, 2019 by Rowena in Books | 3 Comments

This month was the month that I think kickstarted my actual reading. I haven’t really been happy with the amount of books that I’ve been reading each month so far but the end of June, my reading amped up and I’m hoping against all hope that it continues into this month and all of the other months left in 2019. Here’s what my reading looked like in June.

Monthly Book Stats

Books Read: 10 | Books DNF’d: 2
Books Purchased: 10 | Books Received for Review: 5 | Reviews Posted: 8
Highest Grade: Superfan by Sarina Bowen | Lowest Grade: The Friend Zone by Abby Jimenez

What I Read

1. If It Makes You Happy by Claire Kann (eARC) | DNF, 2 out of 5 of what I did read
2. The Rest of the Story by Sarah Dessen (eARC) | 4 out of 5
3. Natalie Tan’s Book of Luck and Fortune by Roselle Lim (eARC) | 3 out of 5
4. The Perfect Date by Evelyn Lozada (eARC) | DNF, 2 out of 5 of what I did read
5. Superfan (Brooklyn Bruisers #6) by Sarina Bowen (eARC) | 4.25 out of 5
5. Waiting for Tom Hanks by Kerry Winfree (eARC) | 2 out of 5
7. Highland Deception by Meggan Connors (Kindle Unlimited) | 3 out of 5
8. The Friend Zone by Abby Jimenez (eBook) | 1 out of 5
9. Call it What You Want by Brigid Kemmerer (eARC) | 3.75 out of 5
10. Night Broken (Mercy Thompson #8) by Patricia Briggs (eBook) | 3.75 out of 5
11. Fire Touched (Mercy Thompson #9) by Patricia Briggs (eBook) | 4 out of 5
12. Silence Fallen (Mercy Thompson #10) by Patricia Briggs (eBook) | 4 out of 5

I DNF’d two books this month and I almost DNF’d two others. The other two books I almost DNF’d were books that I couldn’t DNF. I had to finish them and by the end, I wanted something very strong to drink because ugh, I didn’t like either of those books. You can take a guess at what those books were. Needless to say, those two are my least favorite books of the month.

My favorite read of the month goes to Superfan by Sarina Bowen. I enjoyed that one and was super glad to jump back into the Mercy Thompson world so that was another bright reading spot to an otherwise forgettable month of books.

Eye Candy Friday

West Ravenel from Devil’s Daughter by Lisa Kleypas
Heidi Pepper from Overnight Sensation by Sarina Bowen
Curran Lennart from Magic Burns by Ilona Andrews
Chloe Madison from Love, Chloe by Alessandra Torre

What I Reviewed


Then Came You (Laws of Attractions #3) by Kate Meader | 4 out of 5
Somewhere Only We Know by Maurene Goo | 3.25 out of 5
Bridal Boot Camp (Little Bridge Island #0.5) by Meg Cabot | 3.75 out of 5
Ayesha at Last by Uzma Jalaluddin | 4 out of 5
The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren | 4.25 out of 5
A Little Less Talk and A Lot More Action by LuAnn McLane | 4.5 out of 5
The Friend Zone by Abby Jimenez | 1 out of 5
Waiting on Tom Hanks by Kerry Winfrey | 2 out of 5

What I Got


Water Bound (Sea Haven/Sisters of the Heart #1) by Christine Feehan
Blood Magic (Wing Slayer Hunters #1) by Jennifer Lyon
The Spymasters Lady (Spymasters #1) by Joanna Bourne
How to Date Your Dragon (Mystic Bayou #1) by Molly Harper
The Iron Duke (Iron Seas #1) by Meljean Brook
The Kingpin of Camelot (A Kinda Fairytale #3) by Cassandra Gannon
Written in Red (The Others #1) by Anne Bishop
Work in Progress by Staci Hart
Faking Ms. Right by Claire Kingsley
Count to Ten by Karen Rose

What I Got for Review

Love on Lexington (Central Park Pact #2) by Lauren Layne
Heiress Gone Wild (Dear Lady Truelove #4) by Laura Lee Guhrke
Superfan (Brooklyn Bruisers #6) by Sarina Bowen
10 Blind Dates by Ashley Elston
The Bromance Book Club by Lyssa Kay Adams

There you have it, the months that were June 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: April & May 2019

Posted June 4, 2019 by Rowena in Books, Features | 8 Comments

I can’t believe that it’s already the first week in June. Where the heck did the time go? In the past couple of months, I’ve been really busy on the family front and my blog presence took a hit but I’m slowly catching up on all things blog related as well as books/reading related and since I don’t want this post to get seriously long, I’ll do a photo blog post about my off books recap.

Monthly Book Stats

Books Read: 21 | Books DNF’d: 1
Books Purchased: 11 | Books Received for Review: 10 | Reviews Posted: 20
Highest Grade: 5 out of 5 | Lowest Grade: DNF, 2.5 out of 5

What I Read

April

1. The Year We Hid Away (The Ivy Years #2) by Sarina Bowen (Kindle Unlimited) | 5 out of 5
2. The Happily Ever After by Tif Marcelo (eARC) | 4 out of 5
3. Fumbled (The Playbook #2) by Alexa Martin (eARC) | 4.25 out of 5
4. The Understatement of the Year (The Ivy Years #3) by Sarina Bowen (Kindle Unlimited) | 4.5 out of 5
5. The Shameless Hour (The Ivy Years #4) by Sarina Bowen (Kindle Unlimited) | 4.25 out of 5
6. Magic Burns (Kate Daniels #2) by Ilona Andrews (eBook) | 4.25 out of 5
7. Hook Shot (Hoops #3) by Kennedy Ryan (Kindle Unlimited) | 4.75 out of 5
8. The Bride Test (The Kiss Quotient #2) by Helen Hoang (eARC) | 4.25 out of 5
9. Ice Hot (New York Nighthawks #1) by Tracy Goodwin (eBook) | DNF
10. Frost Burned (Mercy Thompson #7) by Patricia Briggs (eBook) | 4 out of 5
11. The Austen Playbook (London Celebrities #4) by Lucy Parker (eARC) | 4 out of 5

May

1. Passion on Park Avenue (Central Park Pact #1) by Lauren Layne (eARC) | 4 out of 5
2. Hot to the Touch (Brotherhood by Fire #1) by Jaci Burton (eARC) | 3 out of 5
3. American Witch (American Witch #1) by Thea Harrison (eBook) | 4 out of 5
4. Love, Chloe by Alessandra Torre (eBook) | 4 out of 5
5. Somewhere Only We Know by Maurene Goo (eARC) | 3.25 out of 5
6. Sapphire Flames (Hidden Legacy #4) by Ilona Andrews (eARC) | 4.5 out of 5
7. Night Pleasures (Dark Hunters #1) by Sherrilyn Kenyon (eBook) | 2.5 out of 5
8. Then Came You (Laws of Attractions #3) by Kate Meader (eARC) | 4 out of 5
9. The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren (eARC) | 4.25 out of 5
10. The Bridal Boot Camp (Little Bridge Island #0.5) by Meg Cabot (eARC) | 3.75 out of 5
11. Ayesha at last by Uzma Jalaluddin (eARC) | 4.25 out of 5

Eye Candy Friday

Jon Snow from Game of Thrones
Lotus DuPree from Hot Shot by Kennedy Ryan

What I Posted

April

Blog Tour: Hook Shot by Kennedy Ryan
The Weekly Recap (126)
My TBR Pile: April 2019
Books to Binge On: April 2019
The Wednesday Post (10)
Favorite Office Romances
The Monthly Recap: March 2019
The Weekly Recap (127)
TV Tuesday: Game of Thrones: Season 8, Episode 1
The Wednesday Post (11)
Sunday Spotlight: A Prince on Paper by Alyssa Cole
The Weekly Recap (128)
TV Tuesday: Game of Thrones: Season 8, Episode 2

May

Sunday Spotlight: Passion on Park Avenue by Lauren Layne
Cover Reveal: Superfan by Sarina Bowen
The Weekly Recap (129)
2019 Summer Reading Challenge
The Wednesday Post (12)
My TBR Pile: June 2019

What I Reviewed

April

Throwback Thursday: The Year We Fell Down by Sarina Bowen | 4.25 out of 5
When We Left Cuba by Chanel Cleeton | 4.25 out of 5
You’d be Mine by Erin Hahn | 4 out of 5
Next Year in Havana by Chanel Cleeton | 4.25 out of 5
Extra Credit by Sarina Bowen | 4.25 out of 5
Repeat by Kylie Scott | 4 out of 5
Anatomy of a Player (Taking Shots #2) by Cindi Madsen | 3.5 out of 5
The Key to Happily Ever After by Tif Marcelo | out of 5
Mine Till Midnight (The Hathaways #1) by Lisa Kleypas | 4 out of 5
Fumbled (The Playbook #2) by Alexa Martin | 4 out of 5
Magic Burns (Kate Daniels #2) by Ilona Andrews | 4.25 out of 5
Hook Shot (Hoops #3) by Kennedy Ryan | 4.75 out of 5

May

The Bride Test (The Kiss Quotient #1) by Helen Hoang | 4.25 out of 5
Passion on Park Avenue (Central Park Pact #1) by Lauren Layne | out of 5
Taming the Scotsman (MacAllisters #1) by Kinley Macgregor | 4 out of 5
Frost Burned (Mercy Thompson #7) by Patricia Briggs | 4 out of 5
American Witch (American Witch #1) by Thea Harrison | 4.25 out of 5
The Austen Playbook (London Celebrities #4) by Lucy Parker | 4 out of 5
Love, Chloe by Alessandra Torre | 4 out of 5
Hot to the Touch (Brotherhood by Fire #1) by Jaci Burton | 3.25 out of 5

What I Got

Thirsty (Eastside Brewery #1) by Mia Hopkins (eBook)
Rafe (Loose Ends #1) by Rebekah Weatherspoon (eBook)
Hook Shot (Hoops #3) by Kennedy Ryan (Kindle Unlimited)
Extra Credit (Ivy Years) by Sarina Bowen (Kindle Unlimited)
The Year We Hid Away (Ivy Years #2) by Sarina Bowen (Kindle Unlimited)
The Understatement of the Year (Ivy Years #3) by Sarina Bowen (Kindle Unlimited)
The Shameless Hour (Ivy Years #4) by Sarina Bowen (Kindle Unlimited)
The Fifteenth Hour (Ivy Years #5) by Sarina Bowen (Kindle Unlimited)
Best of Luck (Chance of a Lifetime #3) by Kate Clayborne (eBook)
Body Check by Elle Kennedy (eBook)
Can’t Escape Love (Reluctant Royals #3.5) by Alyssa Cole (eBook)
Once Ghosted, Twice Shy (Reluctant Royals #2.5) by Alyssa Cole (eBook)
Frost Burned (Mercy Thompson #7) by Patricia Briggs (eBook)
American Witch (American Witch #1) by Thea Harrison (eBook)
Night Broken (Mercy Thompson #8) by Patricia Briggs (eBook)
Fire Touched (Mercy Thompson #9) by Patricia Briggs (eBook)
Silence Fallen (Mercy Thompson #10) by Patricia Briggs (eBook)

What I Got for Review

The Rest of the Story by Sarah Dessen
One Fine Duke (School for Dukes #3) by Lenora Bell
Storm Cursed (Mercy Thompson #11) by Patricia Briggs
The Duchess in His Bed (Sins for All Seasons #4) by Lorraine Heath
No Judgments (Little Bridge Island #1) by Meg Cabot
Brazen and the Beast (The Bareknuckled Bastards #2) by Sarah MacLean
The Wallflower Wager (Girl Meets Duke #3) by Tessa Dare
Sapphire Flames (Hidden Legacy #4) by Ilona Andrews
Don’t You Forget about Me by Mhairi McFarlane
Twice in a Blue Moon by Christina Lauren

There you have it, the months that were both April and May 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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