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The Monthly Recap: October 2019

Posted November 14, 2019 by Rowena in Books, Features | 0 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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The Monthly Recap: June 2019

Posted July 2, 2019 by Rowena in Books | 6 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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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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