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Week in Review (86)

Posted April 16, 2018 by Rowena in Features | 10 Comments

This past week has been a really quiet one for me. I’ve stuck close to home and caught up on cleaning my room, watching my Dodgers stink it up to start the season, watching my Lakers end their season on a bright note even though we didn’t make the playoffs and I’ve also had to deal with watching my Kings lose game after game after game in the first rounds of playoffs while listening to my sister cheer her Golden Knights on (they’re the ones beating the Kings).

So this has been me most of the week…

Now, onto the books…

What I’m Currently Reading

Week in Review (86)Dragon Actually by G.A. Aiken
Series: Dragon Kin #1
Published by Kensington, Zebra on August 26, 2008
Genres: Paranormal, Romance
Point of View: Alternating Third Person
Pages: 544
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased

It's not always easy being a female warrior with a nickname like Annwyl the Bloody. Men tend to either cower in fear - a lot - or else salute. It's true that Annwyl has a knack for decapitating legions of her ruthless brother's soldiers without pausing for breath. But just once it would be nice to be able to really talk to a man, the way, she can talk to Fearghus the Destroyer.

Too bad that Fearghus is a dragon, of the large, scaly and deadly type. With him, Annwyl feels safe - a far cry from the feelings aroused by the hard-bodied, arrogant knight Fearghus has arranged to help train her for battle. With her days spent fighting a man who fill her with fierce, heady desire, and her nights spent in the company of a magical creature who could smite a village just by exhaling, Annwyl is sure life couldn't get any stranger. She's wrong...

I’m finishing up this book and normally, I don’t read loads of paranormals but I’m really enjoying this one. Annwyl and Fearghus are a great couple and the drama surrounding them is interesting. I’m super glad that my book club chose this book to discuss because we’ve been reading historical romances non-stop and this is a nice change from the norm. I’m also mighty curious about the other dragons in Fearghus’ family.

What I Read

If You Don’t Have Anything Nice to Say by Leila Sales | 1 out of 5
The Hookup by Erin McCarthy | 4 out of 5

What I Reviewed

On the Edge by Ilona Andrews
What a Difference a Duke Makes by Lenora Bell
West Coast Love by Tif Marcelo
Suddenly Forbidden by Ella Fields

Forever My Girl (2018)

What I Posted

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What I Got for Review

Wicked and the Wallflower by Sarah MacLean
A Duke by Default by Alyssa Cole

What I Watched on TV

The Good Doctor: I wasn’t really interested in watching this show when it first came out but I’ve heard good things and was in the mood for something new so I started this show on a whim. I’m super glad that I did because it’s a good show. I have such a soft spot for Dr. Shaun Murphy and the biggest crush on Dr. Neil Melendez. I’ve laughed, I’ve cried and happily sighed while watching this show so it hits all of my happy buttons so I’ll definitely continue to tune in.

Suits: My Darvey ship is finally sailing you guys! Donna kissed Harvey to end the first half of the seventh season and it’s back and they’re dealing with the aftermath. Harvey is pissed at Donna for making him the kind of man he never wanted to be while dealing with how much that kiss affected him. Donna is pretending that she wasn’t affected by that kiss too and Mike and Rachel are still adorable together. Louis is trying to figure things out with Sheila and I am so here for all of this. Things are heating up and yessssss….I love it!

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

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Week in Review (82)

Posted March 19, 2018 by Rowena in Features | 0 Comments

First and foremost, happiest of birthdays to my nephew Luke. This little boy is such a joy to have in our family and I love him oh so much. Happy Birthday, Lukey!!

What a week, what a week. It’s been a pretty busy week for my family but it was a fun week so I wasn’t too whiny about it. The week started off with my niece Meghan turning 21 so plans for a weekend getaway to Vegas are in the talks. I can’t wait. Meghan’s been busy at Nationals, playing game after game after game. Their season ended in the Elite Eight as they lost to some team, I forget their name. *shrugs*

Friday night, I went to my niece’s Maleah and Makaela’s Multicultural Week show where they showcased their culture by performing Polynesian dance numbers for the following islands: Samoa, Hawaii, Tahiti and New Zealand. The dances were great and I really enjoyed the whole show. Our high school is very diverse and we saw dance performances for cultures from all over the globe. Vietnam, China, Japan, Korea, India, Africa, Philippines, Mexico, Cuba, and a whole lot of other countries were represented and overall, it was a really good show. After the Multicultural show, I went next door to the small gym where Brenna was on a cousin date with my niece Brooke. Brooke is in elementary school and her school held their Spring Jam Dance for the students and their families and the kids had a great time at that.

I went to a wedding on Saturday for my co-worker and that was a lot of fun. The food was great, the dessert table was bomb as hell and my friend was a gorgeous bride.

Sunday was for my book friends. I drove out to Victora Gardens (about an hour from where I live) to hang with my book friends Lori, Tracy, Rosie, Nikki, Wendy and Holly. Lots of book discussions were had and book recommendations and rants and just all over great book talk. We had great food as well. It’s always nice getting together with old friends and catching up. I love my book friends!

Now, onto the books…

What I’m Currently Reading

Week in Review (82)Bayou Moon by Ilona Andrews
Series: The Edge #2
Published by Penguin, Berkley, Ace on October 1st 2010
Genres: Fantasy, Romance
Pages: 447
Format: eBook
Source: Gifted

The Edge lies between worlds, on the border between the Broken, where people shop at Walmart and magic is a fairytale–and the Weird, where blueblood aristocrats rule, changelings roam, and the strength of your magic can change your destiny…

Cerise Mar and her unruly clan are cash poor but land rich, claiming a large swathe of the Mire, the Edge swamplands between the state of Louisiana and the Weird. When her parents vanish, her clan’s long-time rivals are suspect number one.

But all is not as it seems. Two nations of the Weird are waging a cold war fought by feint and espionage, and their conflict is about to spill over into the Edge—and Cerise’s life . William, a changeling soldier who left behind the politics of the Weird, has been forced back into service to track down a rival nation’s spymaster.

When William’s and Cerise’s missions lead them to cross paths, sparks fly—but they’ll have to work together if they want to succeed…and survive.

My reading to start off the week has been slow going but I do plan on jumping into this book tonight since Brenna and the rest of my family is celebrating Luke’s birthday. I’m a little salty at that, too. 🙁

What I Read

On the Edge by Ilona Andrews | 4.5 out of 5
On Hart’s Boardwalk by Samantha Young | 4 out of 5

It was a slow reading week for me because I chose to spend more time with baby Caiden since our time with him is coming to a close, faster and faster. Still, the books that I did read were good ones and I’m looking forward to digging into the next Edge book by Ilona Andrews.

What I Reviewed

Hurts to Love You by Alisha Rai | 4 out of 5
Love between Enemies by Molly E. Lee | 2.5 out of 5
A Knight in Shining Armor by Jude Deveraux | 4 out of 5 for story, 1 out of 5 for ending
Irresistible You by Kate Meader | 4 out of 5
Burn for Me by Ilona Andrews | 4.5 out of 5 and 5 out of 5

What I Posted

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Bookish Thoughts: Santino Hassell, Sarah Lyons & Riptide Publishing, Crimson Romance and RWA Awards
A Statement on Santino Hassell

What I Got

Switch Hitter by Sara Ney
Bad Bachelor by Stephanie London

What I Got for Review

Hooked on You by Kate Meader
The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang

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

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Week in Review (79)

Posted February 26, 2018 by Rowena in Features | 0 Comments

Happy Monday, everyone! I hope everyone had a great week in books and that you got everything done on your to do lists. My week was pretty chill though my weekend was hella busy. We had basketball games this week and my girls won all of their games so yay for them.

Meghan played against Westmont on Thursday night so the whole Wilson gang drove out to Costa Mesa because it was a pretty big game for Meghan. She didn’t play particularly well against this team in the first round of Conference Play so she needed a big game against them that night (for personal pride) and boy did she pull through. She had a fantastic game. She didn’t score as much as she hoped but she made hella hustle plays on defense and all throughout the game, she showed that she belonged on that court. I love watching my Meg play.

Something pretty awesome that happened at Bren and Ken’s game on Friday though…so before each game, we stand and they play a recording of the national anthem before team introductions. On Friday, the PA system went out after the first 15 seconds of the song and instead of waiting for it to come back up, my sister Delene’s mother in law led the crowd in finishing the national anthem ourselves and it was one of the coolest things ever because the crowd was pretty diverse and everyone had their right hand over their heart and not one single person didn’t sing along. It was the best national anthem I’ve ever witnessed. Lots of solidarity there…until the game started and the trash talking began. Haha, it was fun while it lasted.

Now, onto the books…

What I’m Currently Reading

Week in Review (79)Hurts to Love You by Alisha Rai
Series: Forbidden Hearts #3
Published by Harper Collins, Avon on March 27th 2018
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 384
Format: eARC
Source: Publisher, Edelweiss
Amazon|Barnes & Noble

Being bad never felt so good, in the third novel in Alisha Rai’s sexy Forbidden Hearts series!

Well-behaved women don’t lust after men who love to misbehave.

Heiress Evangeline Chandler knows how to keep a secret . . . like her life-long crush on the tattooed hottie who just happens to be her big brother’s friend. She’s a Chandler, after all, and Chandlers don’t hook up with the help. Then again, they also don’t disobey their fathers and quit their respectable jobs, so good-girl rules may no longer apply.

Gabriel Hunter hides the pain of his past behind a smile, but he can’t hide his sudden attraction to his friend’s sheltered little sister. Eve is far too sweet to accept anything less than forever and there’s no chance of a future between the son of a housekeeper and the town’s resident princess.

When a wedding party forces Eve and Gabe into tight quarters, keeping their hands off each other will be as hard as keeping their clothes on. The need that draws them together is stronger than the forces that should shove them apart . . . but their sparks may not survive the explosion when long-buried secrets are finally unearthed.

I started this book at about 11:45 PM last night and only read a couple of chapters before calling it a night but I couldn’t wait…I had to start it. I’m looking forward to getting to know both Eve and Gabe. I just know that I’m going to enjoy this one. I’m super sad that it’s the end of the road for this series. 🙁

What I Read

Runaway Groom by Lauren Layne | 5 out of 5
Sweep in Peace by Ilona Andrews | 4.25 out of 5
Living Out Loud by Staci Hart | 3 out of 5
One Fell Sweep by Ilona Andrews | 4.75 out of 5
What a Difference a Duke Makes by Lenora Bell | 4 out of 5

My favorite reads of the last couple of weeks are definitely Runaway Groom by Lauren Layne and One Fell Sweep by Ilona Andrews. Runaway Groom was such a fun read that kept me laughing and happy sighing all over the place while One Fell Sweep had me gripped with adventure after adventure and Sean Evans? OMGILOVEHIMSOMUCH. He’s such a dreamboat! Both books were fantastic!

My least favorite read of the week goes to Living Out Loud by Staci Hart. It wasn’t a bad book but the heroine got on my nerves, the story started off slow but overall the book got better and the heroine wises up before the books ends so while I liked the book, I didn’t love it nearly as much as I loved the other books I read.

What I Reviewed

Shot on Gold by Jaci Burton | 3 out of 5
Brooklynaire by Sarina Bowen | 4.75 out of 5
Beyond Scandal & Desire by Lorraine Heath | 4.25 out of 5
Runaway Groom by Lauren Layne | 5 out of 5

What I Posted

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Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite Romance Couples
Monthly Recap: January 2018
Throwback Thursday (30)
Book Boyfriend: Nate Kattenberger
Top Ten Tuesday: Books I’m No Longer Interested in Reading
Throwback Thursday (31)
Book Boyfriend: Gage Barret

What I Got

More than a Feeling by Erika Kelly
Straddling the Line by Jaci Burton
All Wound Up by Jaci Burton

What I Got for Review

The Hookup by Erin McCarthy
Hello Stranger by Lisa Kleypas

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

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