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The Monthly Recap: September 2018

Posted October 16, 2018 by Rowena in Features | 6 Comments

September came and went a lot faster than I was anticipating. Lots of stuff happened but the most important thing that happened was our celebrating baby Jax’s first birthday. Jax is my older brother’s first grandchild and he is the apple of his papa’s eye. My brother is such a great grandfather and Jax loves him so. Jax is such a little cutie and an adorably good little boy and our family adore him. His first birthday was a lot of fun.

Brenna and Makenna’s pre-season for basketball has also started in September and they played in their first basketball tournament of the season, it was about an hour away and I didn’t make it out to the tournament but my brother Pete went and said that though the team isn’t as good as they were last year, Brenna and Makenna didn’t play nearly as well as they should have so it was hard to get a good feel on how they’ll do this year. I guess we’ll just wait and see.

Dodgers are playing in the National League Championship Series and I’m rooting them on from wherever I am when the games start. At home or at work.

My best friend had surgery to remove her thyroid and I was able to hang out with her and her Mom to make sure that all was well and to drive them around wherever they needed since Therese was in a lot of pain and her Mom was scared to drive around town. I was happy to be there for them both because Therese’s Mom is one of my favorite people in the world.

September was a good month for me personally but it was also good for me in books. Let’s move on to the books…

What I Read

1. For the Dukes Eyes Only (School for Dukes #2) by Lenora Bell (eARC) | 4.25 out of 5
2. Untamed (MacKinnon’s Rangers #2) by Pamela Clare (eBook) | 4 out of 5
3. Beyond the Night (The Heros of New Vegas #1) by Colleen Gleason (eBook) | 4 out of 5
4. Say You’ll Stay by Corinne Michaels (Audiobook) | 1 out of 5
5. The Lion’s Lady (Crown’s Spies #1) by Julie Garwood (re-read) (eBook) | 4.25 out of 5
6. Guardian Angel (Crown’s Spies #2) by Julie Garwood (re-read) (eBook) | 4.25 out of 5
7. Meet Me at the Cupcake Cafe by Jenny Colgan (Audiobook) | 2.75 out of 5
8. Long Shot (Hoops #1) by Kennedy Ryan (eBook) | 4.75 out of 5
9. Block Shot (Hoops #2) by Kennedy Ryan (eBook) | 4 out of 5
10. Seduction of a Highland Lass (McCabe Trilogy #2) by Maya Banks (Audiobook) | 4.75 out of 5
11. The Duke Buys a Bride (The Rogue Files #3) by Sophie Jordan (eBook) | 3 out of 5
12. The Gift (Crown’s Spies #4) by Julie Garwood (eBook) | 4 out of 5
13. Dead Heat (Alpha & Omega #4) by Patricia Briggs (eBook) | 5 out of 5
14. Hot Dad by Whitley Cox (eBook) | 1 out of 5
15. Finding Dandelion (Dearest #2) by Lex Martin (Audiobook) | 3.75 out of 5
16. Burn Bright (Alpha & Omega #5) by Patricia Briggs | 4 out of 5
17. America’s Sweetheart (Real Love #5) by Jessica Lemmon (eARC) | 4 out of 5
18. Never Love a Highlander (McCabe Trilogy #3) by Maya Banks (Audiobook) | 4.75 out of 5
19. Kissing Madeleine (Dearest #3) by Lex Martin (Audiobook) | 4 out of 5

My favorite read of the month goes to Dead Heat by Patricia Briggs but also Seduction of a Highland Lass by Maya Banks. Both books were so good. I cried buckets when listening to Seduction of a Highland Lass. I couldn’t get over how freaking good it was. Alaric and Keeley’s story hit me hard in every feel in my body. With Dead Heat, it was so good to be in Charles and Anna’s world again. I freaking love them both and I loved seeing them work together to figure out who was trying to harm their own. So, so freaking good.

I have two least favorite reads of the month as well. Those books are Hot Dad by Whitley Cox and Say You’ll Stay by Corinne Michaels. Both books pissed me off so I was glad to be done with them once I finished them.

Book Boyfriends

Josh Im from Josh & Hazel Guide to Not Dating by Christina Lauren
August West from Long Shot by Kennedy Ryan
Morgan MacKinnon from Untamed by Pamela Clare
Alaric McCabe from Seduction of a Highland Lass by Maya Banks

What I Reviewed

Just Listen by Sarah Dessen | 4 out of 5
Kulti by Mariana Zapata | 4.25 out of 5
The Lion’s Lady by Julie Garwood | 4.25 out of 5
Sierra Burgess is a Loser (2018) | 1 out of 5
Guardian Angel by Julie Garwood | 4.25 out of 5
The Duke Buys Bride by Sophie Jordan | 2.5 out of 5
The Gift by Julie Garwood | 4 out of 5

What I Posted

The Weekly Recap (101)
The Monthly Recap: August 2018
Can’t Wait Wednesday: The Other Miss Bridgerton by Julia Quinn
The Weekly Recap (102)
Can’t Wait Wednesday: Ache for You by J.T. Geissinger
The Weekly Recap (103)
Can’t Wait Wednesday: My Favorite Half Night Stand by Christina Lauren
The Weekly Recap (104)
Can’t Wait Wednesday: 99 Percent Mine by Sally Thorne

What I Bought

Archangel’s Consort (Guild Hunter #3) by Nalini Singh
Archangel’s Blade (Guild Hunter #4) by Nalini Singh
Archangel’s Storm (Guild Hunter #5) by Nalini Singh
Archangel’s Legion (Guild Hunter #6) by Nalini Singh
Archangel’s Shadows (Guild Hunter #7) by Nalini Singh
Play On (Play On #1) by Samantha Young
Butterface (The Hartigans #1) by Avery Flynn
Rebel Hard (Hard Play #2) by Nalini Singh
As Dust Dances (Play On #2) by Samantha Young
Dirty Headlines by LJ Shen
P.S. I Miss You (P.S. #2) by Winter Renshaw
I Dare You (The Hook Up #1) by Ilsa Madden-Mills
#Moonstruck (#Lovestruck #2) by Sariah Wilson
Dearest Clementine (Dearest #1) by Lex Martin
Finding Dandelion (Dearest #2) by Lex Martin
Kissing Madeline (Dearest #3) by Lex Martin
Seduction of a Highland Lass (McCabe Trilogy #2) by Maya Banks

What I Got for Review

99 Percent Mine by Sally Thorne
The Other Miss Bridgerton (Rokesbys #3) by Julia Quinn
The Scoundrel in Her Bed (Sins for All Seasons #3) by Lorraine Heath
Governess Gone Rogue (Dear Lady Truelove #3) by Laura Lee Guhrke

I did watch any movies or have much to say on the TV Shows that I watched so this is more of a books monthly recap. It was a good month in books for me, that’s for sure.

There you go folks, the month of September in my life. How did your September treat you? Read anything good? Do anything fun? Share in the comments!


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The Monthly Recap: August 2018

Posted September 4, 2018 by Rowena in Features | 4 Comments

What I Did

August was for hanging out with my best friend Theresa and exercising and we went to our very first City of Los Angeles event and had a blast doing what we do best…eat. We went to the Los Angeles Taco Festival near Downtown L.A. and even though I only ate one taco, it was a damn good taco and I’ve been craving more of it ever since. Now if only we can find where that taco place is. Ha. I also joined a new online book club that I’m enjoying the heck out of so big ups to Nick and Renee for brainstorming that to life. 🙂

What I Read

1. The Deal (Off Campus #1) by Elle Kennedy (re-read) (eBook) | 5 out of 5
2. Dying to Please by Linda Howard (re-read) (eBook) | 4 out of 5
3. Midnight Rainbow (Rescues #1) by Linda Howard (eBook) | 4 out of 5
4. Forget You, Ethan by Whitney G (eARC) | 3.75 out of 5
5. The Chase (Briar U #1) by Elle Kennedy (eBook) | 4 out of 5
6. Grumpy Fake Boyfriend (Kwan Sisters #1) by Jackie Lau (eBook) | DNF
7. The Other Side of Lost by Jessi Kirby (eARC) | 4.25 out of 5
8. Down with Love (Laws of Attraction #1) by Kate Meader (eARC) | 3.25 out of 5
9. Diamond Fire (Hidden Legacy #3.5) by Ilona Andrews (eARC) | 4.25 out of 5
10. When a Duke Loves a Woman (Sins of All Season #2) by Lorraine Heath (eARC) | 4.5 out of 5
11. Two Weeks Notice by Whitney G (eBook) | 3.25 out of 5
12. All the Way (Romancing Manhattan #1) by Kristen Proby (eARC) | 2.5 out of 5
13. Under Control (Boston Fire #5) by Shannon Stacey (eARC) | 4 out of 5
14. Castles (Crown’s Spies #4) by Julie Garwood (re-read) (eBook) | 4.75 out of 5
15. When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon (audiobook) | 4 out of 5
16. The Governess Game (Girl Meets Duke #2) by Tessa Dare (eARC) | 4.75 out of 5
17. Wanderlust by Lauren Blakely (audiobook) | 4.25 out of 5
18. The Breakup (Jordan Brothers #2) by Erin McCarthy (eARC) | 3 out of 5
19. In Bed with a Highlander (McCabe Trilogy #1) by Maya Banks (eBook) | 4 out of 5
20. Kulti by Mariana Zapata (audiobook) | 4.25 out of 5
21. Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating by Christina Lauren (eARC) | 5 out of 5
22. Getting Schooled by Emma Chase (audiobook)
23. Hot Winter Nights (Heartbreaker Bay #6) by Jill Shalvis (eARC) | 3.75 out of 5

I read 23 books in the entire month of July. That includes audiobooks, re-reads and books that I’ve been meaning to read but never got around to. I think this is the most that I’ve read in a month EVER and man, that makes me happy. I’m shooting for more of the same in September so wish me luck! 🙂

My most anticipated book was a book that doesn’t come out until November but I got it for review now and couldn’t stop myself from reading immediately and that was Diamond Fire by Ilona Andrews. It was a fabulous read and introduction into Catalina as a narrator and I cannot wait for more from her.

My favorite book of the month probably goes to Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating by Christina Lauren, The Governess Game by Tessa Dare, and When a Duke Loves a Woman by Lorraine Heath. All books were review books and I loved them all.

My least favorite book of the month is the book that I DNF’d. Mr. Grumpy Fake Boyfriend by Jackie Lau. I didn’t connect with anything or anyone so I let it go. It wasn’t for me.

Book Boyfriends

Tavish McKenzie from A Duke by Default by Alyssa Cole
Colin “Fitzy” Fitzgerald from The Chase by Elle Kennedy
Peter Kavinsky from To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han
Matt Cannon from Hard Sell by Lauren Layne

What I Reviewed

Dying to Please by Linda Howard
A Duke by Default by Alyssa Cole
Paradise by Judith McNaught
The Chase by Elle Kennedy
The Accidentals by Sarina Bowen
Gone too Far by Suzanne Brockmann
To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before (2018)
The Meg (2018)
Two Weeks Notice by Whitney G.
Castles by Julie Garwood

What I Posted

Can’t Wait Wednesday: The Chase by Elle Kennedy
The Weekly Recap (97)
The Monthly Recap: July 2018
Can’t Wait Wednesday: Hot Winter Nights by Jill Shalvis
The Weekly Recap (98)
Can’t Wait Wednesday: Fight or Flight by Samantha Young
The Weekly Recap (99)
Can’t Wait Wednesday: The Sweetest Thing by Judith McNaught
The Weekly Recap (100)
My TBR Pile: September 2018
Can’t Wait Wednesday: Diamond Fire by Ilona Andrews

What I Got

Hot & Bothered (Out of Uniform #1-3) by Elle Kennedy
A Little Bit of Hot (Out of Uniform #9.5) by Elle Kennedy
Feeling Hot (Out of Uniform #7) by Elle Kennedy
The Chase (Briar U #1) by Elle Kennedy
Untamed by Pamela Clare
When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon
Finding Dandellion by Lex Martin
Bad Reputation by Stephanie London
Wanderlust by Lauren Blakely
The Duke Buys a Bride by Sophie Jordan
A Girl Like Her by Talia Hibbert
My Best Friend’s Ex by Hazel Kelly
Friends with Benefits by Hazel Kelly
The Wild Heir by Karina Halle
Red Card by Carrie Aarons
The Upside of Falling by Meghan Quinn
The Downside of Love by Meghan Quinn
Jock Row by Sara Ney
Office Mate by Katie Ashley
Pretty Venmon by Ella Fields

What I Got for Review

America’s Sweetheart (Real Love #5) by Jessica Lemmon
Forget You, Ethan by Whitney G.
Fame, Fate, and the First Kiss by Kasie West
Diamond Fire by Ilona Andrews
The One You Fight For by Roni Loren

What Movies I Watched

1. The Meg (2018) | 4 out of 5
2. To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before (2018) | 4.25 out of 5
3. To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before (2018) | 4.25 out of 5
4. To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before (2018) | 4.25 out of 5

What I Watched on TV

Sharp Objects is a show that I wanted to watch as soon as I found out that Chris Messina was in it. Too bad the show was too weird for me to get past the third episode so I quit it. I’m still watching Suits and surprised at how much I’m enjoying it. I’m even loving the new additions to the show. Good stuff. I’m also watching Take Two and enjoying that still even though it’s pretty cheesy. I really like Rachel Bilson so I’m mainly watching it for her.

What I Listened To

What I Loved

Just like July, what I loved the most in August was having this guy around…

There you go folks, the month of August in my life. How did your August treat you? Read anything good? Do anything fun? Share in the comments!


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The Monthly Recap: July 2018

Posted August 7, 2018 by Rowena in Features | 2 Comments

What I Did

Family pictures: My month started off with family pictures on the beach in Redondo Beach. I thought it was going to take much longer than it actually took. There are 9 of us and we all have hella kids between us but we were done within 3 hours. We almost made it through the entire shoot without any issues but then little Caleb fell into the ocean with his cast so between his family pictures and the rest of our big family pictures that we took a couple of hours later, his shorts are 8 shades darker but he’s still a cutie patootie.

The picture above is one with just my siblings and my Pops. We’re missing my sister Ingrid but everyone else is there and I really like this one.

Here’s a picture from me and Brenna’s shots. It’s my favorite. I love the background with the Palos Verdes cliffs, it’s a gorgeous shot.

David’s Funeral: My month ended with a funeral for one of my good friends David. He suffered from depression and struggled with it for a while. I’m going to miss him but am glad that he’s finally at peace. It was really good to see everyone that came out to pay their respects. Lots and lots of our friends from Church came out, which was nice because everyone is so spread out. We have people in Utah, Arizona, all parts of California but everyone came home to say their final goodbyes to David and that made me happy for him.

What I Read

1. Coming Undone (Brown Family #2) by Lauren Dane | 4.25 out of 5
2. The Real Deal by Lauren Blakely | 4 out of 5
3. Every Time You Go Away by Beth Harbison | 3 out of 5
4. Baby Daddy by Kendall Ryan | 3 out of 5
5. To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han | 4.5 out of 5
6. P.S. I Still Love You by Jenny Han | 4.75 out of 5
7. Always and Forever, Lara Jean by Jenny Han | 4.75 out of 5
8. A Duke by Default (Reluctant Royals #2) by Alyssa Cole | 4.25 out of 5

Book Boyfriends

Michael Phan in The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang
Hunter Cross in I Think I Love You by Lauren Layne
Peter Kavinsky in P.S. I Still Love You by Jenny Han
Peter Kavinsky in Always and Forever, Lara Jean by Jenny Han

What I Reviewed

Good Kids (2016) | 3.75 out of 5
The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang | 5 out of 5
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018) | 4 out of 5
Sea Swept by Nora Roberts | 4.25 out of 5
I Think I Love You by Lauren Layne | 4.5 out of 5
To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han | 4.5 out of 5
Double Standards by Judith McNaught | 4 out of 5
P.S. I Still Love You by Jenny Han | 4.75 out of 5
The Kissing Booth (2018) | 3.25 out of 5
Always and Forever, Lara Jean by Jenny Han | 4.75 out of 5

What I Posted

Week in Review (92)
Monthly Recap: June 2018
Can’t Wait Wednesday: When a Duke Loves a Woman by Lorraine Heath
Week in Review (93)
Can’t Wait Wednesday: Down with Love by Kate Meader
Week in Review (94)
Can’t Wait Wednesday: The Good Luck Charm by Helena Hunting
Week in Review (95)
Can’t Wait Wednesday: Forget You, Ethan by Whitney G
Throwback Thursday: Saying Goodbye to David
The Weekly Recap (96)
My TBR Pile: August 2018

What I Bought

Save the Date by Carrie Aarons
Crank (The Gibson Boys #1) by Adriana Locke
Cross (The Gibson Boys #2.5) by Adriana Locke
Getting Schooled by Emma Chase
Baby Daddy by Kendall Ryan
Book Boyfriend (Book Boyfriends #1) by Claire Kingsley
Cocky Roommate (Book Boyfriends #2) by Claire Kingsley
The Soldier Prince by Aarti V. Raman
Coming Undone (Brown Family #2) by Lauren Dane
Cocky Client (Steamy Coffee Reads #3) by Whitney G.
Beginner’s Luck (Chance of a Lifetime #1) by Kate Clayborn
Luck of the Draw (Chance of a Lifetime #2) by Kate Clayborn
Grumpy Fake Boyfriend (Kwan Sisters #1) by Jackie Lau
Mr. Hotshot CEO (Kwan Sisters #2) by Jackie Lau
Stay by Sarina Bowen & Elle Kennedy

What I Got for Review

All the Way by Kristen Proby
Fight or Flight by Samantha Young

What I Listened To

These are the three most listened to songs for me in the month of July. I have so much love for all of these songs.

What I Watched on TV

I enjoyed each of the shows I watched, even in some parts, 13 Reasons Why Season 2. There was a lot going on and while I was still frustrated with how shitty those kids were, in the end, I’m glad that I watched it. Suits and Take Two are both great shows that I’m really liking and Kims Convenience cracks me up. Goodness I love Asian comedy shows and movies.

What Movies I Watched

1. Forever My Girl (2018) | 4 out of 5
2. Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018) | 3.75 out of 5
3. How it Ends (2018) | 4.25 out of 5
4. Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation (2018) | 3.75 out of 5
Locke (2013) | 3.25 out of 5
Blackway (2015) | 3.5 out of 5
The Loft (2014) | 3.5 out of 5
Love, Simon (2018) | 5 out of 5
The Commuter (2018) | 4.25 out of 5

What I Loved

Having this guy around…

There you have it, the month of July in my life. How did your July treat you? Read anything good? Do anything fun? Share in the comments!


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