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Week in Review (56)

Posted May 1, 2017 by Rowena in Features | 4 Comments

Reading Challenges: 2017 TBR Challenge, The Totally Doable 2017 RBLB Reading Challenge

So…have you guys missed me? 🙂 I completely disappeared for the last few weeks and I don’t have an excuse for it either. Sorry guys. I just needed some space from blogging and I think that’s out of my system because I’m energized again and am working on some stuff so fingers crossed that I’m back…for good. How has everyone been?

This week, I was fortunate to hang with my bestie Holly and attend a book event at our coolest place on earth, The Ripped Bodice in Culver City, CA. She drove down to attend the Julie James book signing and that was an amazing time.

Julie mentioned a book that she thinks would be an awesome novella and if she gets the time to write it, she’d like to. It’s a story about a girl who shared season tickets to the Cubs but broke up with the boyfriend that she shared the season tickets with and the ex-boyfriend sold his tickets to one of his friends that the girl hates and she has to sit next to him at all of these games. It’s a hate to love romance and I’ve got my fingers crossed that Julie writes it because dude…that sounds like my kind of romance right there.

Some other highlights from this week:

My nephew Jarred and his girlfriend are expecting and yesterday was the gender reveal and they’re having a baby boy!! Jarred is a die hard L.A. Kings fan so his sister Jenna did a fabulous job of incorporating his love of hockey into the gender reveal (she wrapped a baby Kings jersey and wrapped a baby hockey stick in blue tape). It was a good time and we’re super thrilled for Jarred and Mandi…and also my brother Mel and his wife, Krista.

My niece Meghan’s basketball banquet was this week as well and she impressed the hell out of me. When her coach was talking about her, he listed off her accomplishments and her season and career stats and you guys, Meghan is legit. She is the only female in the history of her school to rank in the top 10 of every single category in her sport, she was a 2 time (back to back) Conference Player of the Year, she ranked 9th in the state for 3 point shooting and just a bunch of other amazing accomplishments for our Meg.

That’s it for my real life updates for this week…now on with the books.

Currently Reading

Blood Bound by Patricia Briggs

Under the rule of science, there are no witch burnings allowed, no water trials or public lynchings. In return, the average law-abiding, solid citizen has little to worry about from the things that go bump in the night. Sometimes I wish I was an average citizen…

Mechanic Mercy Thompson has friends in low places-and in dark ones. And now she owes one of them a favor. Since she can shapeshift at will, she agrees to act as some extra muscle when her vampire friend Stefan goes to deliver a message to another of his kind.

But this new vampire is hardly ordinary-and neither is the demon inside of him.

I finished reading Moon Called last week and I really enjoyed so I couldn’t wait to jump into this one. I had planned to read this after reading a couple of review books but I couldn’t stay away for too long. I had to read this one now. I have a girl crush on Mercy and I really, really want more Adam and Samuel so I’m jumping right into this one. I’m not even sorry either. Ha!

What I Read

Moon Called by Patricia Briggs | 4.25 out of 5
An Affair with a Notorious Heiress by Lorraine Heath | 4 out of 5

Book Boyfriend of the Week


Adam Hauptman from Moon Called by Patricia Briggs

Adam is all that and a bag of chips and I dare you to tell me otherwise. Haha.

What I Reviewed

Walk of Shame by Lauren Layne | 4.25 out of 5
Holding Up the Universe by Jennifer Niven | 4 out of 5
Retro Review of Over the Edge by Suzanne Brockmann | 4.75 out of 5
Midnight Target by Elle Kennedy | 4 out of 5
Devil in Spring by Lisa Kleypas (Joint review with Holly) | 4.25 out of 5

What I Posted

Nothing. I sucked.

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

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Week in Review (55)

Posted April 3, 2017 by Rowena in Features | 5 Comments

This week was a pretty relaxing week when I wasn’t pissed to high heaven over little shits that can’t clean up after themselves and act like they’re above the rules.

To cap the week off, I had a birthday party to attend where I saw a bunch of family and friends that I haven’t talked to or seen in a while and that was nice. There was good food, great company and cake! Gotta love cake! Aside from the party and doing my nightly walks with my sisters, that’s really all I did this week.

Currently Reading

Corrupt (Devils Night #1) by Penelope Douglas

Erika

I was told that dreams were our heart’s desires. My nightmares, however, became my obsession.

His name is Michael Crist.

My boyfriend’s older brother is like that scary movie that you peek through your hand to watch. He is handsome, strong, and completely terrifying. The star of his college’s basketball team and now gone pro, he’s more concerned with the dirt on his shoe than me.

But I noticed him.

I saw him. I heard him. The things that he did, and the deeds that he hid…For years, I bit my nails, unable to look away.

Now, I’ve graduated high school and moved on to college, but I haven’t stopped watching Michael. He’s bad, and the dirt I’ve seen isn’t content to stay in my head anymore.

Because he’s finally noticed me.

Michael

Her name is Erika Fane, but everyone calls her Rika.

My brother’s girlfriend grew up hanging around my house and is always at our dinner table. She looks down when I enter a room and stills when I am close. I can always feel the fear rolling off of her, and while I haven’t had her body, I know that I have her mind. That’s all I really want anyway.

Until my brother leaves for the military, and I find Rika alone at college.

In my city.

Unprotected.

The opportunity is too good to be true as well as the timing. Because you see, three years ago she put a few of my high school friends in prison, and now they’re out.

We’ve waited. We’ve been patient. And now every last one of her nightmares will come true.

I started this book because I’m reading it for my Totally Doable Reading Challenge for April and it came highly recommended from different bloggers so I went in. I didn’t get very far because I’m kind of not into the attitude of the hero. I don’t know what he plans but the whole, “We’re going to make her pay” shit does not make me want to get to know him…especially since the feel I get from his squad is that they like their sex rough and they’re a bunch of violent assholes.

I’m not into rape, or the forced and rough seduction scene so…I’m on the fence on if I’m going to finish this book.

What I Read

Frisk Me by Lauren Layne | DNF
Charmed Thirds by Megan McCafferty | DNF
Overruled by Emma Chase (re-read) | 2 out of 5
Appealed by Emma Chase (re-read) | 4.25 out of 5

I did a lot of DNF-ing this week. I’m not sure what that’s all about but it happened and I was pretty shocked, especially because I DNF’d my very first Lauren Layne book. I wish I could say that it was a mood thing or what not but nope. I just hated the heroine’s bratty attitude and then I was annoyed that the cop hero let her get away with all of her bratty, bitchy shit. I wasn’t in the mood for stupid heroines so I gave that one up.

Charmed Thirds is a book that I’ve been meaning to read for years and I opened it on a whim while browsing through my kindle and about half way through, I was just meh about everything going on so I moved on to some re-reads for my book club meeting tonight.

I did read Overruled and Appealed by Emma Chase all the way through, both of which are re-reads. I needed to be prepared to host discussions on both books so I read those two and while I enjoyed Appealed, Kennedy still got on my nerves and I still hated Stanton and his hoe ass shenanigans.

Book Boyfriend of the Week


Brent Mason in Appealed by Emma Chase

Brent completely won me over the first time that I read his book and he did it again with my latest re-read. He really redeemed himself with Kennedy and I was glad to see that he was genuinely remorseful of his actions from when he was a teenager. Kennedy was hard to take and she really got on my nerves but Brent handled his interactions with her superbly and I just loved the hell out of him. I didn’t question his feelings for Kennedy the way that I did Stanton. Brent was a great friend, a great son and he was a great boyfriend. Love him.

What I Reviewed

Crushed by Lauren Layne | 4 out of 5

What I Posted

I really need to step my game up. Sheesh.

3/27: Week in Review (54)

What I Got

Nothing new this week. My bank account is happy with this news but me? Not so much. Haha. Maybe next week…

What I Watched on TV

I have one more episode to watch before I’m done with the season. I’m really enjoying it and am watching it with my kid which is a bonus. We don’t like very many of the same shows so it’s nice when we can watch something together and discuss. I don’t remember much from when I read the book so watching it was fresh. I only remembered what the general synopsis was and certain characters. Man, my heart hurts for Jeff. And holy cow, these kids are such assholes!

What Movies I Watched

None. I binge watched 13 Reasons Why and didn’t even try to watch any movies.

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

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Week in Review (54)

Posted March 27, 2017 by Rowena in Features | 13 Comments

I’m going to change this feature up a bit and review my entire week, not just my week in books. I’ll be recapping what I’ve read and what I’ve watched.

It’s been a pretty busy couple of weeks for me. I attended the funeral for one of my best friend’s Dad. The services were beautiful and very Greek. I’ve never been to a Greek funeral before so it was an experience for me. Lots of standing and sitting and praying. Kind of like a Catholic service but in Greek. Lots of people came to the services to pay their respects to the family and it was a reunion of sorts. I saw childhood friends that I haven’t seen or talked to in years and it was a sad way to come together but I was so happy to reconnect with old friends.

I also went to my first strip club and man was that an experience. My friends took me there on a Monday night so it wasn’t on and poppin’ or anything and I think I was grateful for that. The joint we went to was dark but not bad. It looked like the strip clubs you see in movies and on TV. My stripper was drunk af. I tried to make it rain for her but she popped her legs right in my face and I almost touched her vagina so I jerked back in my seat, all shocked. I was so embarrassed that I just chucked my dollar, dollar bills at her like a softball and ran back to my table. After she was done, she came to our table to give me a hug and hung out with us. I thought it was strange at first but then I just went with it and asked her everything I was interested in knowing. You know, things like, “How do you spin so fast on the pole when you’re this drunk?” and “Do you choreograph your own routines?” and “How did you get started in stripping”. I left the strip club knowing my strippers entire life history and my friends are probably never going to let me live it down but I don’t even care. It was a memorable experience and my stripper was really nice…and really drunk. Haha.

I also got really sick later on this past week and that wasn’t fun at all. I was nauseous and all things bad and because of that, I missed an author event that I was looking forward to attending with my friend Holly. Instead, I stayed home and tried to get better and for the most part, I’m okay. Fingers crossed that whatever I had is gone for good.

Currently Reading

Frisk Me by Lauren Layne

Officer Luc Moretti had no idea that his dive into the East River would have him drowning in a media frenzy. No matter how many times he tells reporters he was just doing his job, they’re determined to make him into NYC’s newest hero. Coming from a long line of NYPD’s finest, Luc knows that being a cop has nothing to do with headlines and viral videos, and he’s more than ready to get back to life away from the cameras—until he meets the gorgeous but jaded journalist assigned to film a TV special on him.

Ava Sims may be the only woman in NYC who isn’t in love with Officer Moretti. That’s why she’s going after the real story—to find out about the man behind the badge. Ava’s determined to keep things strictly professional, but the more time she spends around Luc, even she has to admit there’s something about a man in uniform . . . and she can’t wait to get him out of his.

I started this book last night because I wanted some more Lauren Layne goodness. I’m going to be so sad when I don’t have any more Lauren Layne books to read for the first time but holy goodness, the heroine is on my last nerve and I’m still in the beginning. The way that she is toward the hero makes me want to throat punch her because she’s bitchy and I’m just not feeling her attitude. I hope she turns things around. We’ll see.

What I Read


Love in the Afternoon by Lisa Kleypas (re-read) | 4.5 out of 5
How the Duke was Won by Lenora Bell | 3.75 out of 5
If I Only Had a Duke by Lenora Bell | 4.5 out of 5
Blame it on the Duke by Lenora Bell | 4 out of 5
Midnight Target by Elle Kennedy | 4 out of 5
Walk of Shame by Lauren Layne | 4.25 out of 5
Pipe Dreams by Sarina Bowen | 4.25 out of 5

Lots of good reading for me. I’m stoked about this!

Book Boyfriend of the Week


Mike Beacon in Pipe Dreams by Sarina Bowen and Dalton, Duke of Osborne in If I Only Had a Duke by Lenora Bell

This week is a lot harder for me to pick just one book boyfriend because I pretty much loved all of the guys I read about. But, I have two book boyfriends this week because both of these guys totally rocked my socks. I loved the both of them so much and drooled my way through both of their books. Beacon…the strength of his love for Lauren and the need for him to be there for the women in his life. Gah, totally got me. Dalton with the love he had for his family, the grief he went through day in and day out for his little brother and then the love that grew between him and Thea was just all kinds of great. Loved them both!

What I Reviewed

Archangels Kiss by Nalini Singh (Buddy Review with Holly) | 3.75 out of 5
When the Marquess Falls by Lorraine Heath | 4 out of 5
Havoc by Jamie Shaw | 4 out of 5
Marrying Winterborne by Lisa Kleypas (Buddy review with Ames) | 3.75 out of 5
Retro Review of Mr. Cavendish, I Presume by Julia Quinn | 4 out of 5

What I Got

The Impossible Vastness of Us by Samantha Young
Walk of Shame by Lauren Layne
Second Chance Season by Liora Blake
The Girl with the Make Believe Husband by Julia Quinn

Love Story by Lauren Layne
Undeclared by Julianna Keyes
Off Sides by Sawyer Bennett
Frisk Me by Lauren Layne
Steal Me by Lauren Layne
Cuff Me by Lauren Layne

What I Watched on TV

I’m enjoying every single one of these shows. They’re all so freaking good.

What Movies I Watched

Kenna and I walked to the movies to see Beauty and the Beast and we were looking pretty beat up, having come straight from Kenna’s basketball games but we didn’t even care because we both loved the movie. We’ve been waltzing to Beauty and the Beast around the house ever since. Haha.

I also Logan and holy cow did I love that movie. So freaking good. I cried so much and am so bummed about things that happened in the movie but even with all the crying, it was a damn good movie. Loved it!

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

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