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Week in Review (60)

Posted July 17, 2017 by Rowena in Features | 6 Comments

Brenna is in Colorado right now and I have a lot more time than I know what to do with. I’ve been spending a lot of time hanging out with my friends and am really enjoying being in their company and just doing things that we haven’t done in ages. We tried the banana pudding at Magnolia Bakery that I’ve been bugging everyone to try with me. We’ve done a lot of walking at the beach and watching street shows and eating street food in Downtown L.A. We’ve done a lot of L.A. touristy things and I’m having a blast. I miss my kid like crazy though. I can’t wait for her to come home.

What I’m Currently Reading

The Duchess Deal (Girl Meets Duke #1) by Tessa Dare

When girl meets Duke, their marriage breaks all the rules…

Since his return from war, the Duke of Ashbury’s to-do list has been short and anything but sweet: brooding, glowering, menacing London ne’er-do-wells by night. Now there’s a new item on the list. He needs an heir—which means he needs a wife. When Emma Gladstone, a vicar’s daughter turned seamstress, appears in his library wearing a wedding gown, he decides on the spot that she’ll do.

His terms are simple:

– They will be husband and wife by night only.
– No lights, no kissing.
– No questions about his battle scars.
– Last, and most importantly… Once she’s pregnant with his heir, they need never share a bed again.

But Emma is no pushover. She has a few rules of her own:

– They will have dinner together every evening.
– With conversation.
– And unlimited teasing.
– Last, and most importantly… Once she’s seen the man beneath the scars, he can’t stop her from falling in love…

My reading has been slow going but I’m starting this book today so wish me luck. I’m hearing good things about it so I’m excited to read it.

What I Read

Ready to Run (I Do, I Don’t #1) by Lauren Layne | 3.75 out of 5
When Its Real by Erin Watt | 4.25 out of 5

My favorite read of the week goes to When It’s Real by Erin Watt. It was such a fun story about a superstar and the fan he falls in love with. I was really excited to read this one as it had fallen off my radar with my review pile taking up most of my time so thank goodness for us choosing to read this book together this month. It was good!

What I Reviewed

Coming Up for Air by Miranda Kenneally
I Knew You Were Trouble by Lauren Layne
Some Kind of Hero by Suzanne Brockmann
Dating You, Hating You by Christina Lauren
The Impossible Vastness of Us by Samantha Young
Second Chance Season by Liora Blake

What I Posted

Graduations, Vegas & Future Planning
Eye Candy Friday: Matt Erikkson from Stay by Sarina Bowen & Elle Kennedy

What I Got

I’m sure I got some stuff but hell if I can remember what they are right now. I’ll update next week. For sure.

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

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Week in Review (58)

Posted June 5, 2017 by Rowena in Features | 9 Comments

If you’re visiting today, you’ll see that things look a little different around here. I needed a change and thought that changing the blog look up a bit was the way to go so I did it. I’m happy with it so it’ll stick for the next little while.

This week was for prom prepping and CIF Championship softball games and hanging with my besties in Temecula, at the prettiest wineries that I’ve ever been to. I’m so glad that I made the drive out (it’s an hour and a half drive for me) to see my Book Binge gals, Casee and Holly because the last time we were all together in the same place was back in 2005. That’s more than 10 years. Sheesh. Still, we came together like no time has passed and we laughed the day away and enjoyed eachother’s company. So much fun!

What I’m Currently Reading

Fantasy Lover by Sherrilyn Kenyon

Dear Reader,

Being trapped in a bedroom with a woman is a grand thing. Being trapped in hundreds of bedrooms over two thousand years isn’t. And being cursed into a book as a love-slave for eternity can ruin even a Spartan warrior’s day.

As a love-slave, I know everything about women. How to touch them, how to savor them, and most of all, how to pleasure them. But when I was summoned to fulfill Grace Alexander’s sexual fantasies, I found the first woman in history who saw me as a man with a tormented past. She alone bothered to take me out of the bedroom and onto the world. She taught me to love again.

But I was not born to love. I was cursed to walk eternity alone. As a general, I had long ago accepted my sentence. Yet now I have found Grace–the one thing my wounded heart cannot survive without. Sure, love can heal all wounds, but can it break a two-thousand-year-old curse?

Julian of Macedon

My book club is reading this sexy book for our June discussion and it’s been so long since I’ve read this book that it’s reading like a first time read. I forgot how sexy Sherrilyn Kenyon’s Dark Hunters series is and how compelling the world was. I also forgot the synopsis of this book and reading it again, a lot older than I was the first time I read it, it’s a different experience and one that I’m not yet sure how I feel. I’m not mad but I’m not much of anything else right now either. We’ll see how it pans out. I should be done with this book by tomorrow but haha, I’m having fun reaquainting myself with Julian of Macedonia…haha.

What I Read

Revenge by Lexi Blake | 4.25 out of 5
Slave to Sensation by Nalini Singh (Re-read) | 4.5 out of 5
The Impossible Vastness of Us by Samantha Young | 4 out of 5
The Day of the Duchess by Sarah MacLean | 5 out of 5

My favorite read of the week is hands down The Day of the Duchess by Sarah MacLean. Holy smokes that book was good. So stinkin’ good. Gah. I can’t even put into words how much that book wrecked me. *sigh* Malcolm was everything and going into this book, I never would have said that. Sarah MacLean’s redeem game is strong.

I liked all of the books that I read so I’m not going to pick a least favorite. 🙂

Book Boyfriend of the Week

Marcus Bevingstoke, Duke of Haven from The Day of the Duchess by Sarah MacLean

I honestly thought that this week’s book boyfriend would go to Drew Lawless from Revenge by Lexi Blake. I adored the hell out of him and loved the fierceness with which he loved his family and his heroine, Shelby but then I read The Day of the Duchess and was reunited with the punk ass dick head who broke Sera’s heart from A Rogue Less Taken and holy cow, I wasn’t prepared for Marcus. I wasn’t prepared for his story, for his history and for his reasons for acting the way that he did but most importantly, I wasn’t prepared for the scene at the end when everything comes to a head. I wasn’t prepared for all of the tears that I shed for him, for his love for Sera and for the sorrow he felt at their past. OMG, I’m tearing up again. Well done, Sarah MacLean. Well freaking done.

What I Reviewed

An Affair with a Notorious Heiress by Lorraine Heath | 4 out of 5
Alex, Approximately by Jenn Bennett | 4 out of 5
Blood Bound by Patricia Briggs | 4.25 out of 5

What I Posted

5/30: Week in Review (57)

What I Got

Ready to Run by Lauren Layne
Chasing Christmas Eve by Jill Shalvis
Arm Candy by Jessica Lemmon

Burn for Me by Ilona Andrews
White Hot by Ilona Andrews
Clean Sweep by Ilona Andrews
Sweep in Peace by Ilona Andrews
One Fell Sweep by Ilona Andrews
Shacking Up by Helena Hunting

When It’s Real by Erin Watt

What I Watched on TV

I’ve been watching random episodes of Friends before bed and cracking up every single time. Brenna has taken to watching episodes with me and she had no idea that it was such a funny show. Before she had no interest but I’m glad to see that’s changing. I love and miss these guys!

What Movies I Watched

John Wick (2014) | 4 out of 5
The Art of Us (2017) | DNF

I watched John Wick again with my nephew Chance. Don’t mess with John’s dog. 🙂

I think I’m all burnt out on Hallmark movies because the last couple of movies I watched, I didn’t finish because I was bored. The guy in The Art of Us is hot stuff but even he couldn’t save my interest while watching that movie.

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

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Week in Review (57)

Posted May 30, 2017 by Rowena in Features | 5 Comments

This post is coming to you guys a little late because I’ve been wrapped up in a bunch of things lately.

I disappeared for a week because I was in a car accident last week Friday and this jerk ran into my car and tried to say that I was 30% at fault. Ummm, the front of his car hit the back of mine and he was turning right from the outside lane (he had to pass me to get into the parking lot on the other side of my car). I was going straight in the inside lane. How the hell he thought I had any blame in that accident is beyond me. So I’ve been in car insurance hell for the last week. I didn’t read a lot because I was dealing with that nonsense.

Aside from that, I’ve been prom dress shopping and witnessing the cutest promposal ever. Brenna’s boyfriend sent her 13 little notes, giving her reasons why he wanted to go to prom with her then he showed up at our house with a huge sign that said THIRTEEN REASONS WHY YOU SHOULD GO TO PROM WITH ME? Lots of thought and preparation went into the promposal and I thought it was adorable. She picked a good one, my kid and I’m thrilled for her.

Here’s what the poster looked like and my brother’s thoughts on the whole thing (haha):

My only gripe with the whole thing was that he waited until 10:50PM to do it but still, it was cute and Brenna was happy so I let the lateness of his promposal slide. LOL.

Anyway, on with the post…

Currently Reading

Always and Forever, Lara Jean (To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before #3) by Jenny Han

Lara Jean’s letter-writing days aren’t over in this surprise follow-up to the New York Times bestselling To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before and P.S. I Still Love You.

Lara Jean is having the best senior year a girl could ever hope for. She is head over heels in love with her boyfriend, Peter; her dad’s finally getting remarried to their next door neighbor, Ms. Rothschild; and Margot’s coming home for the summer just in time for the wedding.

But change is looming on the horizon. And while Lara Jean is having fun and keeping busy helping plan her father’s wedding, she can’t ignore the big life decisions she has to make. Most pressingly, where she wants to go to college and what that means for her relationship with Peter. She watched her sister Margot go through these growing pains. Now Lara Jean’s the one who’ll be graduating high school and leaving for college and leaving her family—and possibly the boy she loves—behind.

When your heart and your head are saying two different things, which one should you listen to?

I’ve been pretty anxious to read this book because I loved the first two books in this series. Lara Jean did a lot of growing up in this series and I’m pretty stoked to finish out her story. I can’t wait to see where her and Peter are these days and what her plans for the future are. I also want to see what her peeps are up to these days. I have a lot of catching up to do with this one so I’ll be digging into it today.

I’ve been hearing good things about this book so that makes me happy.

What I Read

Blood Bound by Patricia Briggs | 4 out of 5
The Girl with the Make Believe Husband by Julia Quinn | 3.5 out of 5
Alex, Approximately by Jenn Bennett | 4 out of 5
Slave to Sensation by Nalini Singh (re-read) | 4.5 out of 5
Shadow Reaper by Christine Feehan | DNF
Second Chance Season by Liora Blake | 4 out of 5
Black Tie Optional by Ann Marie Walker | 3.25 out of 5

Book Boyfriend of the Week

Garrett Strickland from Second Chance Season by Liora Blake

I adored Garrett in the first book this series and loved him all the more in his own book. He was everything I hoped he’d be and because of that, he’s my book boyfriend of the week.

What I Reviewed

Joint Review: Blood Bound by Patricia Briggs | 4.25 out of 5
If I Only Had a Duke by Lenora Bell | 4.5 out of 5
The Hot Shot by Kristen Callihan | 4 out of 5
Shelter Mountain by Robyn Carr (Retro Review) | 5 out of 5
How the Duke was Won by Lenora Bell | 4 out of 5
Joint Review: Moon Called by Patricia Briggs | 4 out of 5
Blame it on the Duke by Lenora Bell | 4 out of 5
Pipe Dreams by Sarina Bowen | 4.25 out of 5

What I Posted

TV Review: Sense8, Season 2
Eye Candy Friday: Mateo Torres from All Played Out
Three Things on my Happy Planner Wishlist

What I Got

I can’t even remember…I know I got stuff but I’m too lazy to check. Maybe next week..ha!

What I Watched on TV

This is the only new show that I’ve been watching. So far, it’s intriguing. I should be finished with my binge watch sometime this week.

What Movies I Watched

Gifted (2017) | 5 out of 5
Table 19 (2017) | 3.5 out of 5
Date with Love (2016) | 3 out of 5
Summer of Dreams (2016) | 3 out of 5
Unleashing Mr. Darcy (2016) | 3.5 out of 5
Underworld: Blood Wars (2017) | 4.25 out of 5
The Perfect Catch (2017) | 4 out of 5
Love on Ice (2017) | 3.25 out of 5
Can’t Buy My Love (2017) | 3.5 out of 5
Love at First Bark (2017) | 2 out of 5
Before We Go (2014) | 3.5 out of 5
King Arthur (2017) | 4 out of 5
Lion (2016) | 4 out of 5

May is the month for movies for me. I didn’t watch any movies in April but May? I want to watch movies more than I want to do anything. My favorite movie of the bunch that I watched in the last couple of weeks is Gifted. I cried through that one but also cried big, fat tears over Lion too. Such good movies. Thank goodness for matinees and DVR because I’m still watching a whole lot of Hallmark movies though I blame that on my girls weekend with my bestie, Theresa. She DVR’s all things Hallmark. Ha!

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

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