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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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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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