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The Monthly Recap: January 2020

Posted February 11, 2020 by Rowena in Books, Features | 1 Comment

The Monthly Recap posts are a way for me to take a look back and reflect on my previous month in books. From the books that I read, the books that I got, and the books that I need to read. I always lose track of what I have, what I need to read and I need these posts to keep me honest with my damn self because I be forgetting shit. So here’s what my January 2020 month in books looked like.

Monthly Book Stats

Books Read: 14 | Books DNF’d: 0
Books Purchased: 9 | Books Received for Review: 5 | Reviews Posted: 10
Highest Grade: The One for You | Lowest Grade: The Kissing Game

What I Read

1. Grumpy Jake by Melissa Blue (eBook) | 4 out of 5
2. Grand Theft N.Y.E. (Heist Holidays #1) by Katrina Jackson (eBook) | 4 out of 5
3. The One for You (The Ones Who Got Away #4) by Roni Loren (eARC) | 5 out of 5
4. Love Lettering by Kate Clayborn (eBook) | 3.75 out of 5
5. Headliners (London Celebrities #5) by Lucy Parker (eARC) | 4 out of 5
6. The Rebel King (All the Kings Men #2) by Kennedy Ryan (eBook) | 4.25 out of 5
7. Heartland (True North #7) by Sarina Bowen (eARC) | 4.25 out of 5
8. The Witness by Nora Roberts (eBook) | 4.25 out of 5
9. Getting Schooled (The Wright Brothers #1) by Christina C. Jones (eBook) | 4 out of 5
10. The Kissing Game by Marie Harte (eARC) | 2 out of 5
11. The Worst Best Man by Mia Sosa (eARC) | 3.5 out of 5
12. Chasing Cassandra (The Ravenels #7) by Lisa Kleypas (eARC) | 4.25 out of 5
13. Yes No Maybe So by Becky Albertalli and Aisha Saeed (eARC) | 4 out of 5

1. I Wish You Were Mine (Oxford #2) by Lauren Layne (Audio) (Re-read) | 4.25 out of 5

What I Reviewed


Lady Derring Takes a Lover (The Palace of Rogues #1) by Julie Anne Long | 4.25 out of 5
Marriage on Madison Avenue (The Central Park Pact #3) by Lauren Layne | 3.5 out of 5
The One for You (The Ones That Got Away #4) by Roni Loren | 5 out of 5
Grand Theft N.Y.E. by Katrina Jackson | 4 out of 5
Grumpy Jake by Melissa Blue | 4.25 out of 5
The Kingmaker (All the Kings Men #1) by Kennedy Ryan | 4.75 out of 5
Love Lettering by Kate Clayborn | 3.75 out of 5
Headliners (London Celebrities #5) by Lucy Parker | 4 out of 5

Getting Played (Getting Some #2) by Emma Chase | 4.75 out of 5
The A.I. Who Loved Me by Alyssa Cole | 4 out of 5

What I Got


The Rebel King (All the Kings Men #2) by Kennedy Ryan
Getting Schooled (The Wright Brothers #1) by Christina C. Jones
Don’t Break Me by Ash Ley
Outmatched by Kristen Callihan and Samantha Young
Crush, Interrupted by Zaida Polanco
Pulling Doubles (The Wright Brothers #2) by Christina C. Jones
Bending the Rules (The Wright Brothers #3) by Christina C. Jones
Christmas with the Wrights (The Wrights Brothers #4) by Christina C. Jones
Devious Lies (Cruel Crowns #1) by Parker S. Huntington

What I Got for Review

Chasing Cassandra by Lisa Kleypas
Heartland by Sarina Bowen
Forbidden Promises by Synithia Williams
One Last Chance by Therese Beharrie
Real Men Knit by Kwana Jackson

There you have it, what my January 2020 in books. How did yours go? Did you read your newest favorite book? Did you read anything that you absolutely hated? Did you get anything that you’re super anxious to read? Share all of your details in the comments!


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The Monthly Recap: October 2019

Posted November 14, 2019 by Rowena in Books, Features | 2 Comments

I’m not sure what my problem is. This entire year has been a year of I thought I’d read more books this month and yet, it still hasn’t happened. We’re well into the beginning of November and I’m STILL not reading anything. Ugh, maybe next year I need to lower my reading goals and just get back to reading whatever I want, whenever I want.

Monthly Book Stats

Books Read: 13 | Books DNF’d: 0
Books Purchased: 2 | Books Received for Review: 9 | Reviews Posted: 12
Highest Grade: Moonlighter, Getting Played | Lowest Grade: Blitzed

What I Read

1. Saving Grace by Julie Garwood (eBook) (Re-read) | 5 out of 5
2. The Wedding (Laird’s Fiancees #2) by Julie Garwood (eBook) (Re-read) | 5 out of 5
3. Moonlighter (The Company #1) by Sarina Bowen (eARC) | 4.25 out of 5
4. Twice in a Blue Moon by Christina Lauren (eARC) | 3.75 out of 5
5. The Bride (Laird’s Fiancees #1) by Julie Garwood (eBook) (Re-read) | 4 out of 5
6. The Bromance Book Club (The Bromance Book Club #1) by Lyssa Kay Adams (eARC) | 4 out of 5
7. Huge Deal (21 Wall Street #3) by Lauren Layne (Re-Read) (Audiobook) | 4.5 out of 5
8. Marriage on Madison Avenue (The Central Park Pact #3) by Lauren Layne (eARC) | 3.75 out of 5
9. Blitzed (The Play Book #3) by Alexa Martin (eARC) | 3 out of 5
10. Four Days of You and Me by Miranda Kenneally (eARC) | 4 out of 5
11. Saving Grace by Julie Garwood (eBook) | 5 out of 5
12. Getting Played (Getting Some #2) by Emma Chase (Audiobook) | 4.25 out of 5
13. A Madness of Sunshine by Nalini Singh (eARC) | 3.75 out of 5

My favorite reads of the month were actually my Julie Garwood re-reads. I absolutely adored reading The Wedding and Saving Grace again. It’s always a good time when I’m reading older Julie Garwood releases. I adored Saving Grace so much that I read it twice last month. I read it before Casee picked it for our blog team read and then I read again once she decided we should read that one again. I loved both reads and decided that I needed to re-read more of my favorite older reads. Of the newer books that I read, my favorites were Moonlighter by Sarina Bowen and Getting Played by Emma Chase.

My least favorite read of the month goes to Blitzed by Alexa Martin. I was bummed that I didn’t enjoy this one as much as I thought I would. The romance was slow and not the good kind of slow. it was low key boring and I wasn’t as invested in Brynne and Maxwell as much as I hoped I would be. Oh well, I’m still invested in more books from this series though. I’m crossing my fingers for Eloise’s book.

Eye Candy Friday

Eric Bayer from Moonlighter by Sarina Bowen
Dean Walker from Getting Played by Emma Chase

What I Reviewed

The Duchess in His Bed by Lorraine Heath | 4.25 out of 5
Love on Lexington Avenue by Lauren Layne | 4 out of 5
Kill the Queen by Jennifer Estep | 4.25 out of 5
Coming Up Roses by Staci Hart | 3.25 out of 5
Don’t You Forget About Me by Mhairi McFarlane | 4.5 out of 5
Heiress Gone Wild by Laura Lee Guhrke | 4.25 out of 5
No Judgments by Meg Cabot | 3.25 out of 5
The Wedding by Julie Garwood | 5 out of 5
Moonlighter by Sarina Bowen | 4.25 out of 5
The Play by Elle Kennedy | 4.25 out of 5
10 Blind Dates by Ashley Elston | 4 out of 5
Bringing Down the Duke by Evie Dunmore | 4 out of 5

What I Got

Crush, Interrupted by Zaida Polanco
Never Got Over You by Whitney G.
Getting Schooled by Christine C. Jones
Don’t Break Me by Ash Ley
Goddess of Spring (Goddess Summoning #2) by P.C. Cast
Lady Derring Takes a Lover (The Palace of Rogues #1) by Julie Anne Long

Instant Attraction by Lauren Blakely
Getting Played (Getting Schooled #2) by Emma Chase

What I Got for Review

Open House (Uptown #2) by Ruby Lang
The Earl Takes a Fancy (Sins for All Seasons #5) by Lorraine Heath
Yours in Scandal (Man of the Year #1) by Lauren Layne
If I Never Met You by Mhairi McFarlane
Yes No Maybe So by Becky Albertalli & Aisha SaeedMoonlighter (The Company #1) by Sarina Bowen
Marriage on Madison Avenue (The Central Park Pact #3) by Lauren Layne
Four Days of You and Me by Miranda Kenneally
The Kissing Game by Marie Harte

How did your month in books go for you? Read any great books that I should add to my TBR Pile? Read any downers that I should steer clear of? Share in the comments!


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The Monthly Recap: July 2019

Posted August 8, 2019 by Rowena in Books | 8 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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