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The Weekly Recap (110)

Posted November 12, 2018 by Rowena in Features | 2 Comments

First and foremost, I’d like to thank all of our veterans for their service and for their sacrifice to keep us all safe at home. Happy Veterans Day! 🙂

This last week was another quiet one and honestly, I’m boring. I go to work every single day and then I come home and do the same shit every night. I do a thirty-minute workout, I mess around on my phone (browse Instagram, Snapchat, Twitter, and sometimes Facebook), catch up on my shows, and then I go to sleep. Sometimes, I read but most of the time, I’m either texting or browsing social media before bed. That’s it.

The highlight of my week was celebrating my Dad’s 77th birthday along with my sister in law and two of my nephew’s birthdays. Our family thing is we all gather around our dining room table and take a green wall birthday picture to post on social media and this is the picture for our November birthdays. My Dad shares a birthday with my nephew Chance, who lives in Utah and is attending BYU Provo. So I made four cakes for the birthday peeps. Three small cakes for my Dad, my SIL Les (pictured above in the UCLA sweatshirt) and my nephew Brody (pictured above sitting next to my Dad in the green shirt and glasses) and then a bigger cake for everyone to eat for Chance (pictured above on FaceTime in the iPhone on the right). Chance is sitting in his car with his sister Chach and they definitely posed for the green wall pics from Utah. Hahaha, I’m not sure if you can see it or not but they totally are and so is Chloe and Caiden, who are FaceTiming with us from their house in Utah on the iPhone on the left. Chance even blew out his candles with some help from Baby Rocky. Haha.

I also went to Meghan’s game on Thursday and she won! Her team scored over 100 points too so you know that the other team wasn’t that good. Meghan played well and it’s just so good to see her playing. This is her last year of playing at the college level and she’s fun to watch. I’m going to miss watching her play once she hangs up her playing shoes for good.

In other family news, Chase’s football team won their CIF playoff game on Friday so they are moving on to the semi-finals this week but it’s an away game so good luck to him and his team.

Now, onto the books…

What I’m Currently Reading
The Weekly Recap (110)Mornings on Main by Jodi Thomas
Published by Harlequin, HQN on April 10, 2018
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 336
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
Goodreads

From the beloved and bestselling author of the Ransom Canyon and Harmony, Texas series comes a powerful, heartwarming story about generations of family and the ironclad bonds they forge.

When Jillian James lands in the small town Texas community of Laurel Springs, she's definitely not planning to stay--except to find a few clues about the father who abandoned her and destroyed her faith in family.

Connor Larady is a single dad, and the only one caring for his grandmother, Eugenia, who has Alzheimer's. And now he has to close Eugenia's quilt shop. When Connor meets down-on-her-luck Jillian, he's out of options. Can he trust the newcomer to do right by his grandmother's legacy?

Jillian is done with relationships. But as she grows closer to Connor and Eugenia, she must consider giving up her nomadic life for a future with those who need her.

An inspiring family saga that asks us to consider what love and chosen family really mean.

I’m reading this book for my group review over at Book Binge. It’s Holly’s turn to choose our buddy review book and she chose this one. I’m not going to lie, it’s been really slow going for me because not much is happening and I guess I’m not in the mood for this kind of read. Small town romances used to be my jam but lately, not so much. *shrugs* I’ll push through and hopefully finish this up tonight. Wish me luck!

What I Read

Silver Borne (Mercy Thompson #5) by Patricia Briggs | 4 out of 5
Wait for It by Mariana Zapata | 4.5 out of 5
Archangel’s Blade (Guild Hunter #4) by Nalini Singh | 3.25 out of 5

My favorite read of the week goes to Wait for It by Mariana Zapata. This book was such a great romance and I adored every minute. So much so, that I read it all in one sitting and that sucker has 670 pages!! You know it’s all love when I read something that pagetastic in one sitting.

What I Reviewed

Diamond Fire (Hidden Legacy #3.5) by Ilona Andrews | 4.5 out of 5
Finding Dandelion (Dearest #2) by Lex Martin | 3.5 out of 5
Kissing Madeline (Dearest #3) by Lex Martin | 4 out of 5

What I Posted

The Weekly Recap (109)
The Monthly Recap: October 2018
Can’t Wait Wednesday: Meet Cute by Helena Hunting

What I Got

Nothing new this week.

What I Got for Review

Nothing new this week.

What Made Me Laugh

There you have it, my week in review. How was your week?


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The Weekly Recap (109)

Posted November 5, 2018 by Rowena in Features | 3 Comments

This week was a pretty eventful one for me and my family. We had our annual pumpkin painting and carving night on Monday and then we had our annual Halloween party on the night of Halloween. Kids starting showing up for trick or treating at like 4:30 pm and they kept right on coming until damn near 10 pm. Trick or Treating is poppin’ in my neighborhood. We had our usual Halloween goodies on display for our party. Halloween treats that included Rice Krispies shaped pumpkins, Frankenstein grapes and marshmallow cups, oreo spiders, and you know all of that kind of kid-friendly stuff. I can’t seem to find any pictures of our set up though I know that it was all over the kids snap chat but I didn’t get them so oh well, sorry. But here’s a picture of our kids all dressed up for trick or treating.

This week was also for our family viewing of Netflix’s The Haunting of Hill House. Watching it with my sisters was a crack up. They screamed every ten minutes over things that weren’t even that scary because they’re super extra but it was still fun. I’ve lost count of how many people I made watch that show and how many different discussions I’ve had on that show, too. If you haven’t watched it, I highly recommend it. It’s more interesting than scary though there are some jumpy moments.

This week was also for Caiden’s first haircut. I’ll share pictures later because I’m too lazy to add them right now but I promise, I’ll share.

Now, onto the books…

What I’m Currently Reading
The Weekly Recap (109)Silver Borne by Patricia Briggs
Series: Mercy Thompson #5
Published by Penguin, Ace on March 30, 2010
Genres: Paranormal, Romance
Point of View: First Person
Pages: 342
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
Goodreads

Mercy Thompson, car mechanic and shapeshifter, never knows what the day - or night - may bring in a world where "witches, vampires, werewolves, and shapeshifters live beside ordinary people" (Booklist). But she is about to learn that while some secrets are dangerous whose who seek them are just plain deadly...

Mercy is smart enough to realize that when it comes to the magical fae, the less you know, the better. But you can't always get what you want. When she attempts to return a powerful fae she previously borrowed in an act of desperation, she finds the bookstore locked up and closed down.

It seems the book contains secrets - and the fae will do just about anything to keep it out of the wrong hands. And if that doesn't take enough of Mercy's attention, her friend Samuel is struggling with his wolf side - leaving Mercy to cover for him lest his own father declare Samuel's life forfeit.

All in all, Mercy has had better days. And if she isn't careful, she may not have many more...

I’m slowly making my way through the Mercy Thompson series and really enjoying all of this storytelling. I’m loving Mercy and all of the shenanigans she gets herself into and I’m curious to see where Samuel’s story arc will lead us. Does he get his own mate and will we see it here in the MT world or on his own? Does anyone know?

I’m almost done with Silver Borne and it’s another good one so I’m a happy camper.

What I Read

Bone Crossed (Mercy Thompson #4) by Patricia Briggs | 4 out of 5
Sleepover by Serena Bell | 4 out of 5
Highlander Most Wanted (Montgomery’s & Armstrongs #2) by Maya Banks | 4.25 out of 5

My favorite read of the week is definitely Highlander Most Wanted by Maya Banks and I’m anxious for more from these guys. I really hope that we get the next book in February like it says on Goodreads because it looks like a lot of readers have given up on it…so fingers crossed.

I don’t really have a least favorite because I enjoyed all of the books I read. I was annoyed when reading Sleepover though because I was under the impression that it was a standalone but there are recurring characters in that book, the couples from Do Over and Head over Heels so it would have been nice to know that.

Book Boyfriend

Raj Sen
Rebel Hard by Nalini Singh

What I Reviewed

Block Shot (Hoops #2) by Kennedy Ryan | 4.25 out of 5
Seduction of a Highland Lass (McCabe Trilogy #2) by Maya Banks | 4.75 out of 5
Never Love a Highlander (McCabe Trilogy #3) by Maya Banks | 4.5 out of 5

What I Posted

The Weekly Recap (108)
My TBR Pile: November 2018
Can’t Wait Wednesday: Storm Cursed by Patricia Briggs
Book Boyfriend: Raj Sen from Rebel Hard by Nalini Singh

What I Got

Forgotten Sins (Sin Brothers #1) by Rebecca Zanetti
Addicted to You (Addicted #1) by Krista & Becca Ritchie
The Studying Hours (How to Date a Douchebag #1) by Sara Ney
The Wrong Game by Kandi Steiner

What I Got for Review

Nothing. I haven’t looked through anything to request anything though I did get a print ARC of 99 Percent Mine by Sally Thorne. That was fun.

What Made Me Laugh

There you have it, my week in review. How was your week?


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The Weekly Recap (108)

Posted October 29, 2018 by Rowena in Features | 4 Comments

I missed last week because I wasn’t really reading anything with my mind solely focused on the World Series and the road the Dodgers took to get there. My reading finally picked up and I was able to get some books read and that makes me happy. I’m going to have a lot more time to read all of the books since my Dodgers stunk it up in Games 4 and 5 of the World Series and the Boston Red Sox beat their asses so our season is done. 🙁 Damn Dodgers.

Book Club was also last week Monday and that was a lot of fun. We have two new members and our discussion was a good one. We read the first book in Maya Bank’s Montgomery and Armstrongs series and everyone enjoyed it so much that next month we’ll be discussing the second book in the series and I’m so here for it. I can’t wait to dig into that book.

Now, onto the books…

What I’m Currently Reading
The Weekly Recap (108)Bone Crossed by Patricia Briggs
Series: Mercy Thompson #4
Published by Penguin, Ace on February 3, 2009
Genres: Paranormal, Romance
Point of View: First Person
Pages: 303
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
Goodreads

By day, Mercy is a car mechanic in the sprawling Tri-Cities of Eastern Washington. By night, she explores her preternatural side. As a shapeshifter with some unique talents, Mercy has often found herself having to maintain a tenuous harmony between the human and the not so human. This time she may get more than she bargained for.

Marsilia, the local Vampire Queen, has learned that Mercy crossed her by slaying a member of her clan—and she's out for blood. But since Mercy is protected from direct reprisal by the werewolf pack (and her close relationship with its sexy Alpha), it won't be Mercy's blood Marsilia is after.

It'll be her friends'.

After finishing Iron Kissed, I couldn’t not read the next book because I needed to know that Mercy was okay and even though I know how strong she is, Iron Kissed kicked both of our asses and I needed to keep that reading adventure going because my heart was broken for everyone. I need Patricia Briggs to make it right again. I’ve got my fingers crossed that everything will be alright.

I’m about a third of the way into this book and I’m liking what I’m reading so far. I mean, not the whole thing with Stefan or that the vampire Queen knows Mercy’s secret and is after her but everything else. I’m glad that Mercy and Adam are working on their relationship and seeing Adam with Mercy, man it just melts me at every turn because he’s so good to her. She’s so good for him, too. I love these two.

What I Read

Never Seduce a Scot (Montgomery’s & Armstrongs #1) by Maya Banks | 4.75 out of 5
The Other Miss Bridgerton (Rokesbys #3) by Julia Quinn | 4.25 out of 5
Iron Kissed (Mercy Thompson #3) by Patricia Briggs | 4.5 out of 5

I re-read Never Seduce a Scot for book club last week and that was my favorite read. I cried so much while reading that book and loved Eveline so much that I could only love it all over again. Man, Maya Banks writes historical romance well so I hope she goes back to it.

I enjoyed the other books that I read last week too and I’m low key still not over Iron Kissed. Man, just…man.

What I Reviewed


Flight or Flight by Samantha Young | 4.25 out of 5
Rebel Hard (Hard Play #2) by Nalini Singh | 4 out of 5
The Governess Game (Girl Meets Duke #2) by Tessa Dare | 4.75 out of 5
Shadow & Ice by Gena Showalter | 2.5 out of 5
Meet Me at the Cupcake Cafe by Jenny Colgan | 2.5 out of 5
Dearest Clementine (Dearest #1) by Lex Martin | 3.25 out of 5
Never Seduce a Scot (Montgomery’s & Armstrongs #1) by Maya Banks | 4.75 out of 5

What I Posted

The Weekly Recap (107)
The Monthly Recap: September 2018
Can’t Wait Wednesday: Flare Up by Shannon Stacey

What I Got

Fall (VIP #3) by Kristen Callihan
Player by Staci Hart

What I Got for Review

Sleep Over by Serena Bell
Playing for Keeps (Heartbreaker Bay #7) by Jill Shalvis

What Made Me Laugh

There you have it, my week in review. How was your week?


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