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Top 5 Wednesday: Books You Want to See as TV Shows

Posted September 14, 2016 by Rowena in Features | 10 Comments


Top 5 Wednesday was created by Lainey at Ginger Reads Lainey but is hosted by Sam at Thoughts on Tomes. You can read more about this meme on the Goodreads Group here.

This weeks topic is:

September 14: Books You Want to See as TV Shows

–With fall TV season starting up, this seems relevant.

TV Shows and Books? This is going to be easy since both of these are my jams. I mean, I watch a lot of TV Shows as it is but if these books/series became a show, I’d add them to my long list of shows to watch obsessively. It’s how I roll.

Here are my top choices for this week’s topics and I totally cheated because I chose series, instead of individual books.

1. The Psy-Changelings Series by Nalini Singh.

I love this series and would love to see all of the drama, the politics and steamy romance come to life on the small screen. I can see it already, waiting on pins and needles to see what the hell those damn Psy folks are cooking up, watching the Changeling passion week in and week out. Seeing the couples come together, Hawke and Lucas slowly form an alliance, everything. I would probably be just as obsessed with the show as I am the books.

2. The Ivy Years Series by Sarina Bowen.

I love sports romances and I would love a TV show that took place in a college setting with characters facing the same issues that each of the books in this series faces. They’re real life issues that make you sit up and take notice. I would also love to see the hot players on the hockey team come to life. Ha!

3. The Royals Series by Jen Frederick & Elle Kennedy.

This one would be the guilty pleasure show that I can’t figure out why I watch each week because the characters would drive me up the wall but I’d watch it religiously anyway. I wouldn’t be able to help myself because I would totally watch this show. Every single week.

4. The Sex, Love & Stilletos and Oxford Series by Lauren Layne.

I love office romances and strong, smart characters. This series has all of that and so much more. I would love to witness the office shenanigans these guys get into every week at the Stilettos and Oxford headquarters. It would be such a fun show to watch with heartwarming episodes. I want it.

5. The Killer Instincts Series by Elle Kennedy.

After watching and loving The Last Ship, I would love another smartly written romantic suspenseful show about a team of assassins who blew shit up and got into shooting matches every week with a new bad guy to run down and catch. I’m sure there have been plenty of shows like that but there haven’t been characters like Jim Morgan, Trevor, Isabel, Juliet and the rest of the gang. There hasn’t been a romance like Sully and Liam’s. I want this show too.

What about you? What books would you want to see as TV Shows?

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Top 5 Wednesday: Characters You’d Want as Family

Posted September 7, 2016 by Rowena in Features | 4 Comments


Top 5 Wednesday was created by Lainey at Ginger Reads Lainey but is hosted by Sam at Thoughts on Tomes. You can read more about this meme on the Goodreads Group here.

This weeks topic is:

September 7: Characters You’d Want as Family

— You can say this in a broad way or be specific (i.e. _______ would be a cool aunt, ______would be a great older brother, etc.)

This was pretty easy for me. If I had my way, I’d be related to everyone. Ha!

1. Francis Catherine from The Secret by Julie Garwood.

“Papa, do you like my new friend?” Frances Catherine asked when they were halfway across the field.

“I surely do.”

“Can I keep her?”

“For the love of…No, you can’t keep her. She isn’t a puppy. You can be her friend, though,” he hastily added before his daughter could argue with him.

“Forever, papa?”

She ‘d asked her father that question, but Judith answered her. “Forever,” she shyly whispered.
Frances Catherine reached across her father’s chest to take hold of Judith’s hand. “Forever,” she pledged.”

Francis Catherine would be the perfect best friend and sister. The way that she befriended Judith Elizabeth when they weren’t supposed to even like each other with FC being Scottish and JE being English, I loved the way these two flocked to each other and loved each other even when they were supposed to be enemies. Francis Catherine was fiercely loyal to Judith and to hell with what anyone had to say…including her Laird and brother in law. Everyone needs someone like FC in their corner.

2. Lady Danbury from The Bridgerton/Smythe-Smith series by Julia Quinn.

“The two of you together are a menace,” Penelope remarked.

“My aim in life,” Lady Danbury announced, “is to be a menace to as great a number of people as possible, so I shall take that as the highest of compliments, Mrs. Bridgerton.”

“Why is it,” Penelope wondered, “that you only call me Mrs. Bridgerton when you are opining in a grand fashion?”

“Sounds better that way,” Lady D said, punctuating her remark with a loud thump of her cane.”

Haha, Lady Danbury was a boss! She took no shit from anyone and she let everyone know exactly how she felt about every person under the sun. Nobody was safe from her. She was a freaking menace and I loved the hell out of her. Of course she would make a freaking funny ass Aunt or Grandmother as is the case with Gareth from It’s In His Kiss.

3. Ivy MacKenzie from The Friend Zone by Kristen Callihan.

“With a little hum of pleasure, he strokes my leg, his expression content, his body loose-limbed and lazy. Give the man a blow job and a little unexpected ass play, and he’s practically purring.”

Ivy was a great sister to Fiona, always there for through thick and thin so I know that she’d be a hoot. The kind of sister that shares all of the inappropriate shenanigans that she gets into with her boyfriend. The sister that you can’t take anywhere because she’s open and honest about every little thing and it would be so funny to hear the shenanigans she gets into with Gray.

4. Taylor Donovan from Just the Sexiest Man Alive by Julie James.

“You’re here.”

“I am.”

Jason boldly took in the way she looked.

“I take it you don’t often wear that dress in court.”

“Probably not a good idea.”

He grinned. “Yes, I can imagine it would be somewhat awkward standing before a judge who has a huge hard-on.”

“Is that the effect this dress has?”

Taylor’s eyes traveled downward, to the zipper of Jason’s pants, and he was momentarily caught off guard by her bluntness.

Her eyes sparkled, amused.

“You’re blushing, Jason. That’s cute.”

I would want to learn shit like this at her knee because you just know that Taylor Donovan ate and chewed big Hollywood actors and bad guys up and then spit them out on the daily at work. Taylor would make a great older sister.

5. Alyssa Locke from Gone too Far by Suzanne Brockmann.

“You’re guilty of making the same mistake most people make. You say ‘I love you’ but what you really mean is ‘I want you.’ You think it’s the same thing, but it’s not. You don’t fall in love with someone just because they fuck you like there’s no tomorrow.” Alyssa purposely used his words, “I don’t doubt that you wanted me, Sam. That you still do. Because on that really primitive, physical level, yeah, I still want you, too. But that’s not love. That’s about possessing, about being possessed. It’s not real –it can’t possibly last. Love is something you give. It’s not about taking, or possessing.”

Alyssa would be the best sister ever. I’d want Alyssa Locke in my corner. She’d protect the shit out of me because she’s a sharpshooter and is a total badass. She’d also come in handy to serve candy asses their walking papers because she’s a take no bullshit kind of gal and she’s loyal as hell.

Are there any characters from the books you’ve read that you’d want to be family with?

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Top 5 Wednesday: Books I Will Never Read

Posted August 31, 2016 by Rowena in Features | 12 Comments


Top 5 Wednesday was created by Lainey at Ginger Reads Lainey but is hosted by Sam at Thoughts on Tomes. You can read more about this meme on the Goodreads Group here.

This weeks topic is:

August 31st: Books You Will Never Read

–Whether it’s from a series that you have outgrown or don’t wish to continue, or they are popular books that just don’t interest you, let us know what you don’t plan on reading.

This one was a lot harder than I thought it would be.

1. Beautiful Disaster (Beautiful #!) by Jamie McGuire.

The new Abby Abernathy is a good girl. She doesn’t drink or swear, and she has the appropriate number of cardigans in her wardrobe. Abby believes she has enough distance from the darkness of her past, but when she arrives at college with her best friend, her path to a new beginning is quickly challenged by Eastern University’s Walking One-Night Stand.

Travis Maddox, lean, cut, and covered in tattoos, is exactly what Abby needs—and wants—to avoid. He spends his nights winning money in a floating fight ring, and his days as the ultimate college campus charmer. Intrigued by Abby’s resistance to his appeal, Travis tricks her into his daily life with a simple bet. If he loses, he must remain abstinent for a month. If Abby loses, she must live in Travis’s apartment for the same amount of time. Either way, Travis has no idea that he has met his match.

I’ve got a thing about authors behaving badly, having been one of those bloggers attacked by an author who didn’t like my review of her book. I will have you know that my shopping lists have gotten much better since then. 😉 So when I see authors using their fans to do evil, I won’t support them and I won’t read their stuff. On top of that, I heard from readers who have read this book that there is abuse all over this book and Travis Maddox just isn’t someone that I want to get to know.

2. Crash (Crash #1) by Drew Jordan.

The greatest love stories begin with blood…

There is blood. There is pain. And there is him. These are the first things I register when I wake up, the lone survivor in an Alaskan plane crash. He carries me to safety over rough terrain and brings me to his cabin in the woods. He has no name. Or none he will tell me.

As snow creeps across the harsh and isolated landscape, he is my only company. My protector, my caretaker. A fascinating enigma, with mysterious eyes, gentle hands, and a rough voice that demands more from me than I ever expected to give. I make up different stories, different names for him depending on his mood, because I know nothing about him except that he is my only connection to the real world I want to return to. So I work to please him, plotting my escape, yet all while I start to crave him and every touch of his dominating body.

He has saved me from the cold. From death. But in taking me and my body, will he destroy me?

This is one of those books that came across my radar because it was added to one of my book friend’s “never going to read” bookshelves on Goodreads. I was reading through the synopsis and then through readers and there were a few people that enjoyed this book but…nope. This doesn’t sound like something I’d ever want to read.

3. Quinn (Undaunted Men #1) by J.C. Cliff.

Fearless and determined, Quinn is the perfect man for the job the Moretti mob has in mind: track down missing mafia princess, Alexis Moretti, and bring her home.

What starts out as a simple task to repay an old debt turns into so much more than he bargained for… And so does she.

As Quinn and Lexi grow close, she becomes more than just his mission. But Lexi and Quinn are both keeping secrets–secrets that could destroy their blossoming romance just as quickly as it ignited. When Lexi’s past catches up with them, secrets and lies will be revealed, and the ultimate test of forgiveness will be upon them both.

This was another of those authors behaving badly things and I’m not here for that so while I wanted to read it at first…I changed my tune once I saw all of the fuckery around this author and her shenanigans.

4. Eleven on Top (Stephanie Plum #11) by Janet Evanovich.

Stephanie Plum is thinking her career as a fugitive apprehension agent has run its course. She’s been shot at, spat at, cussed at, fire-bombed, mooned, and attacked by dogs. Stephanie thinks it’s time for a change. So she quits. She wants something safe and normal. But the kind of trouble she had at the bail bonds office can’t compare to the kind of trouble she finds herself facing now…

Stephanie is stalked by a maniac returned from the grave for the sole purpose of putting her into a burial plot of her own. He’s killed before, and he’ll kill again if given the chance. Caught between staying far away from the bounty hunter business and staying alive, Stephanie reexamines her life and the possibility that being a bounty hunter is the solution rather than the problem. After disturbingly brief careers at the button factory, Kan Klean Dry Cleaners, and Cluck-in-a-Bucket, Stephanie takes an office position in security, working for Ranger, the sexiest, baddest bounty hunter and businessman on two continents. Tempers and temperatures rise as competition ratchets up between the two men in her life — her on-again, off-again boyfriend, tough Trenton cop Joe Morelli, and her boss, Ranger. Can Stephanie Plum take the heat? Can you?

I read this series all the way up to book 10 and then I gave up. I gave up on Stephanie. On Morelli. On this series. I got bored with everything going on and felt like this series was going nowhere so I quit it and will probably never finish this series even though I still bought the books. *sigh*

5. Hunted (House of Night #5) by P.C. & Kristin Cast.

What if the hottest guy in the world was hiding a nameless evil, and all he wanted was you? At the start of this heart-pounding new installment of the bestselling House of Night series, Zoey’s friends have her back again and Stevie Rae and the red fledglings aren’t Neferet’s secrets any longer. But an unexpected danger has emerged. Neferet guards her powerful new consort, Kalona, and no one at the House of Night seems to understand the threat he poses. Kalona looks gorgeous, and he has the House of Night under his spell. A past life holds the key to breaking his rapidly spreading influence, but what if this past life shows Zoey secrets she doesn’t want to hear and truths she can’t face?

This is another series that I broke up with. Zoey was doing the most up until this book. Every hot guy that came to school loved her and I’m sorry but how realistic is that? And she kept making stupid ass decisions and I just couldn’t anymore. So I’ll never read this book.

What about you? Are there any books out there that you will never read? Which books?

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