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Week in Books (53)

Posted March 13, 2017 by Rowena in Features | 13 Comments

Week in Books v2

This week was a pretty relaxing week for me and if this is an indication of what life after basketball is going to be like, I’m going to be one happy camper. I love that I don’t have to rush from school to school during the week and on the weekends. I’m sure that I’ll miss it eventually but right now? It’s nice. It’s nice having time to read all of the books that I was too tired to read before now. It’s nice to not have a shit load of tv shows to catch up on every week. My laundry pile stays down. My room is a lot cleaner than it’s been in years. I could really get used to this.

With all of this free time on my hands, I was able to meet up with one of my co-workers for a hike in Palos Verdes (richy rich area with gorgeous Southern California views) and…I survived! I’ll be working out and going on more walks now that I’ve got the time and I’m pretty stoked about it. Now if I can stop eating all of the bad for me crap, I’ll really be on my way to a healthier me. Wish me luck!

Also…Happy Birthday Meghan! Today is my niece’s birthday and she’s 20 years old this year. Holy cow! Welcome to the old lady club, Meg! Love you, congratulations on your Player of the Year award!

Now, on with the books…

Currently Reading


How the Duke was Won (Disgraceful Dukes #1) by Lenora Bell.

The pleasure of your company is requested at Warbury Park. Four lovely ladies will arrive… but only one can become a duchess.

James, the scandalously uncivilized Duke of Harland, requires a bride with a spotless reputation for a strictly business arrangement. Lust is prohibited and love is out of the question.

Four ladies. Three days. What could go wrong?

She is not like the others…

Charlene Beckett, the unacknowledged daughter of an earl and a courtesan, has just been offered a life-altering fortune to pose as her half-sister, Lady Dorothea, and win the duke’s proposal. All she must do is:

* Be the perfect English rose [Ha!]

* Breathe, smile, and curtsy in impossibly tight gowns [blast Lady Dorothea’s sylph-like figure]

* Charm and seduce a wild duke [without appearing to try]

* Keep said duke far, far from her heart [no matter how tempting]

When secrets are revealed and passion overwhelms, James must decide if the last lady he should want is really everything he needs. And Charlene must decide if the promise of a new life is worth risking everything . . . including her heart.

I’ve got Book 3 of this series coming up for review so I need to jump in and get this series read to prepare myself for Book 3. I can’t wait.

What I Read

Crushed by Lauren Layne | 4.25 out of 5
Cold Hearted Rake by Lisa Kleypas | 4 out of 5
Marrying Winterborne by Lisa Kleypas | 3.75 out of 5
Devil in Spring by Lisa Kleypas | 4 out of 5

My favorite read of the week goes to Crushed by Lauren Layne. This was surprising because I’m not normally a fan of the fat heroine gets skinny and then gets the boy but Crushed was about more than that. Michael St. Claire was so much more than I thought he’d be and Chloe was a fantastic heroine. So much goodness with those two.

I don’t really have a least favorite of the week because I enjoyed all of the books that I read. The Ravenels series was just as good as I was thinking it’d be because well, Lisa Kleypas rocks at writing historical romances and Pandora is my favoritest of favorites. Gah, she rocks so hard!

Book Boyfriend of the Week


Michael St. Claire from Crushed by Lauren Layne

Yeah, I know. I thought Gabriel St. Vincent would be my boyfriend of the week and he was fantastic but Michael St. Claire won me over through and through this week with how freaking awesome he was. He took me by surprise because I didn’t think I’d enjoy his book or him as a character as much as I did but man…he was a good one. I’m so glad that I read his book.

What I Reviewed

Sustained by Emma Chase | 5 out of 5

What I Posted

Week in Books (53)

New to My Bookshelves

Marrying Winterborne by Lisa Kleypas

Holly is my favorite person this week because she gifted this book to me and I was so excited that I read it right away. *grins* Thanks Holly!

New to My Review Shelf

Revenge by Lexi Blake
Shadow Reaper by Christine Feehan

I’ve been looking forward to these books for a while now so I’m glad to finally get them to read and review. Bring on Drew’s book!

There you have it, my week in books. How did your week go?

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Week in Books (52)

Posted March 6, 2017 by Rowena in Features | 15 Comments

Week in Books v2

What a week, what a week. CIF Championships were this past week so the girls and I have been glued to Twitter, seeing who won another ring and who didn’t and all that jazz and some teams we were happy for and some teams, we weren’t. Haha. Such haters, we are. But now that it’s all behind us, we’re looking toward exit interviews this week before we can fully move on from high school basketball. Brenna’s exit interview is on Wednesday and she’s got a lot of things she wants to bring up to that damn coach of hers. I’m steering clear of that because I’m still not a fan of that damn woman.

Friday was Brenna’s birthday and we celebrated by having dinner and cake against our birthday green wall with Bren and all of her friends. Then because she’s an adult now, she went out and got turnt with her friends…or as turnt as a church going, doesn’t have any interest in drinking and partying girl can get turnt. Ha!

This week, the only plans I have are to finish up my room. Last weekend, I did a spring cleaning to end all spring cleaning. I have a pile of clothes that needs to go to the goodwill and I finally got hangers to hang up the rest of my clothes that need to be hung up so I’ll be doing that stuff this week.

..and now on with the books.

Currently Reading


Crushed (Redemption #2) by Lauren Layne.

Lauren Layne’s latest novel about the healing power of redemption tells the story of a crush gone wickedly wrong, proving that what you want isn’t always what you need.

Growing up in New York, Michael St. Claire never expected to spend his twenties wearing cowboy boots. But that was before he learned about his real father, a total stranger with a family in Cedar Grove, Texas. Once in the Lone Star State, Michael meets Kristin Bellamy, who is exquisitely refined and everything Michael always thought he wanted in a woman. The only problem is that Kristin is dating Michael’s new half brother, Devon.

Kristin’s mouthy, curvy sister Chloe has always been in love with Devon Patterson. So when Michael offers to help Chloe break up Devon and Kristin, Chloe agrees to a deal that seems too good to be true. Before long, Chloe finally gets her man, only to make a startling discovery: She no longer wants the guy she had to fight for—she wants the one who stood by her side.

After all he and Chloe have been through, Michael swears he’s damaged goods. Can Chloe convince him that love is worth the risk?

I read Isn’t She Lovely and Broken last week and really enjoyed both books so I jumped right into the last book in the series, Crushed and I’m not all that far into it right now but I’m hopeful that I will enjoy it. So far, it’s pretty good. Michael!!

What I Read

Havoc by Jamie Shaw | 4 out of 5
Off the Ice by Julie Cross | 3.75 out of 5
When the Marquess Falls by Lorraine Heath | 3.75 out of 5
Isn’t She Lovely by Lauren Layne | 4.5 out of 5
Broken by Lauren Layne | 4 out of 5

Book Boyfriend of the Week


Ethan Price from Isn’t She Lovely (Redemption #0.5 ) by Lauren Layne.

Ethan is so freaking yummy and I adored him. I loved the witty banter between him and Stephanie and I just loved his overall personality. *swoon*

What I Reviewed

Nothing this week. I need to get writing because I actually have reviews to write this week. Woot!

What I Posted

2/27: Week in Books (51)
3/01: Monthly Recap: February 2017
3/02: Throwback Thursday (22)

New to My Bookshelves

Artistic License by Elle Pierson
Unwritten by Jen Frederick

New to My Review Shelf

None. I’m focus is on the books on my TBR pile and the books that I’m reading for challenges and buddy reviews.

There you have it, my week in books. How did your week go?

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Week in Books (51)

Posted February 27, 2017 by Rowena in Family, Features | 6 Comments

Week in Books v2

Happy Monday to everyone! I’ve been in a funk this past week and a lot of that had to do with the way that our basketball seasons have ended. Brenna was not supposed to go out in the first round, Meghan was supposed to make the playoffs and Kenna was supposed to beat St. Anthony’s to advance to the semi-finals. None of that happened and I’ve been struggling to move on from all that madness.

In happier news, Meghan got Player of the Year for her conference. I’m super happy for her because she’s worked so hard and sadly, it’s not enough. I’m not sure if she’s going to get to play at the next level but seriously colleges? You don’t get Player of the Year two years in a row on a fluke! Let the girl play!

My nephews, Luke and Brody (the next generation of basketball players in our family) had their last games of the season as well and we celebrated with burgers at Burger City Grill. The kids all had fun playing and eating together and the adults were able to unwind from the long week and the even longer basketball seasons.

Of all the last games, it was Kenna’s game that hurt me the most. I think it hurt her the most, too because she hasn’t been herself ever since. She’s quiet, withdrawn and just angry at the world. She worked hard and she’s frustrated with the ending to her game. Lots of miscommunication on her coaching staff during the game that ultimately led to their loss and the whole thing doesn’t sit right with her. She’s never been emotional about games but this one was hard to take and my heart hurts for my Kenna. It was hard for all of the kids but Brenna didn’t have much faith in her coach (neither did I) so she knew that it could have been her last game but Kenna’s team should have won. It should have been an easy win so it’s understandable that she’s still emotional about it. On the upside, she’s decided that she’s not done with basketball and that her and Brenna will be playing at our local college next year so I’m happy about that.

I’ve been plenty busy during my first official free week, post basketball. I rearranged my room, I cleaned out my closet, did all of our laundry and have gotten together a pile of clothes that we will be donating to the Goodwill. Very productive weekend because I even caught up on my shows while I was folding laundry and putting everything away. Woot!

Now if I could just get my reading under way, I would be set.

Currently Reading


Archangel’s Kiss (Guild Hunters #2) by Nalini Singh.

New York Times bestselling author Nalini Singh returns to her world of angelic rulers, vampiric servants, and the woman thrust into their darkly seductive world…

Vampire hunter Elena Deveraux wakes from a year-long coma to find herself changed—an angel with wings the colors of midnight and dawn—but her fragile body needs time to heal before she can take flight. Her lover, the stunningly dangerous archangel, Raphael, is used to being in control—especially when it comes to the woman he considers his own. But Elena has never done well with authority.

They’ve barely begun to understand each other when Raphael receives an invitation to a ball from the archangel, Lijuan. To refuse would be a sign of fatal weakness, so Raphael must ready Elena for the flight to Beijing—and to the nightmare that awaits them there. Ancient and without conscience, Lijuan holds a power that lies with the dead. And she has organized the most perfect and most vicious of welcomes for Elena.

After I finished Silver Silence, I had every intention of digging into this book so that I can get it read for my buddy review with Holly. Basketball messed me up so I didn’t read anything but Silver Silence. I thought I’d get some reading done this weekend but nope, I lied to myself again. It didn’t happen. Hopefully after book club tonight, I can dig into this one and get back to my review pile. I’m sure it’s good, I just have to actually read it to enjoy it. Wish me luck.

Read

Silver Silence by Nalini Singh | 4.25 out of 5

I really adored this book and am looking forward to more from this spin off of a dear to my heart world. I need the next book like…now. Right now. Ugh, trying to be patient for that will probably be the death of me. Gah.

Reviewed

The Bastard Billionaire by Jessica Lemmon | 4 out of 5
Buddy Review of Good Boy by Sarina Bowen & Elle Kennedy | 4 out of 5
Pretty Face by Lucy Parker | 4.25 out of 5

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New to My Bookshelves

Devil in Spring by Lisa Kleypas
Royally Matched by Emma Chase

New to My Review Shelf

None. I haven’t even looked at any new eARCs to request.

There you have it, my week in books. How did your week go?

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