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Week in Review (78)

Posted February 12, 2018 by Rowena in Features | 1 Comment

This week was for, you guessed it, basketball. Bren and Ken played on Wednesday and Friday and Meghan played on Thursday and Saturday, and I went to all of their games. Bren and Ken won both of their games this week but Meghan’s team is struggling so they went 1-1 this week.

This week, I also babysat for my brother and his wife who went to Vegas for the weekend to celebrate my sister in law’s birthday. I was babysitting this little guy here. We spent the day on Saturday in Costa Mesa for Meghan’s basketball game. He’s a giant ball of energy and he’s so smart and so funny.

Caleb: Aunty! Did you know that April Ham Lincoln’s birthday is coming up and we don’t have school?
Me: Who?
Caleb: You know April Ham? He’s on the dollar bill.

Bwahahahaha, he now says Abraham correctly but I had a good laugh at that one. On our way to breakfast yesterday, we had this conversation. To premise the conversation, Friday night, me and the kids fell asleep in the living room, on the couches. Saturday night, I didn’t sleep there because my back was hurting.

Caleb: Aunty, so I was thinking. Do you know why your back hurts when you sleep on the couch and mine doesn’t?
Me: No, why?
Caleb: Because, my back is smaller, I’m young and I’m strong. You’re old and you’re weak.
Me: Hahahahaha.
Caleb: I’m serious.

Bwahahahaha. This kid, man.

Now, onto the books…

What I’m Currently Reading

Week in Review (78)Runaway Groom by Lauren Layne
Series: I Do I Don't #2
Published by Random House, Loveswept on January 30th 2018
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 240
Format: eBook
Source: Bought
Goodreads

For one charming playboy, getting cast on a Bachelor-esque reality TV show is the shock of a lifetime—until he finds love where he least expects it. And now the chase is on!

Gage Barrett’s reputation as a ladies’ man has been greatly exaggerated, but none of that matters after a drunken bet lands him on Jilted, a reality TV show that matches runaway grooms with wannabe brides. Now he’s stuck at a Hawaiian resort with nineteen women competing to drag him back to the altar—and one contestant who’s even more miserable than he is. Gage has no idea how feisty, independent Ellie Wright wound up in the cast, but it’s obvious she hates his guts. And if there’s one thing Gage likes, it’s a challenge. . . .

Ellie can’t believe she let her best friend talk her into exchanging her dignity for a glorified bikini contest. Still, she could use the exposure—her business is struggling—and she’ll probably be one of the first to get eliminated anyway. But Gage isn’t the shallow jerk Ellie anticipated—and he’s in no rush to send her home. As stolen kisses turn into secret trysts, she finds herself losing track of what’s real and what’s for the camera. With the wedding finale looming, this runaway groom is tempting Ellie to start believing in storybook endings.

Ames and I missed reading our January book for our buddy review so we’re doubling up this month and the first book we’re reading is Runaway Groom by Lauren Layne and so far, I’m enjoying it a lot more than I enjoyed Ready to Run so I’m hopeful that this will continue to be awesome.

What I Read

So Over You (Chicago Rebels #2) by Kate Meader | 4.25 out of 5
Undone by You (Chicago Rebels #3) by Kate Meader | 4 out of 5
The Wedding Date by Jasmine Guillory | 4 out of 5

What I Reviewed

Breaking the Ice (Juniper Falls #2) by Julie Cross

What I Posted

Week in Review (77)
Top Ten Tuesday: Books Still on My TBR Pile
Movies I Want to See: February 2018
Throwback Thursday (29)
Book Boyfriend of the Week: Rex Galbraith

What I Got for Review

Hot Response (Boston Fire #5) by Shannon Stacey
Rumor Has It (Real Love #4) by Jessica Lemmon

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


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Week in Review (77)

Posted February 5, 2018 by Rowena in Features | 1 Comment

This week was a pretty eventful week for me. I was busy at work and catching up on my shows but I also watched a lot of basketball (are you guys surprised? Ha!). Basketball started with Bren and Ken, who won both of their games this week (first against Harbor College and then Cerritos). Next up was Luke, who scored his first basket of the season on Saturday and his team finally won a game (they’re young…and not that good, haha) and then to close out the week, Meghan and her team beat Arizona Christian at home. That was Vanguard’s best defensive game all season, IMO. They were engaged from the jump and they never let up even though we were down 11 in the first quarter. Lots and lots of fun basketball.

Meghan came home with us on Saturday so Sunday morning was for cheap movie time so we went to see Forever My Girl and I enjoyed it. Not as much as the girls did but it was good. We also tried Blaze Pizza for the first time and that was great.

We watched The Super Bowl, too and had French Tip Sandwiches and Pasta Salad so I was a happy camper. You can never go wrong with those two things for dinner. Aside from that, I didn’t do much else but enjoy my time with the fam.

Weekly Planner Spread

Here’s my planner spread for this week…before the pen.

Here’s last week’s planner spread…after the pen.

Now, onto the books…

What I’m Currently Reading

Week in Review (77)So Over You by Kate Meader
Series: Chicago Rebels #2
Published by Simon & Schuster, Pocket Star on December 4th 2017
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 400
Format: eBook
Source: Bought
Goodreads

Three estranged sisters struggle to sustain their late father’s failing hockey franchise in Kate Meader’s sizzling Chicago Rebels series. In this second entry, middle sister Isobel is at a crossroads in her personal and professional lives. But both are about to get a significant boost with the addition of a domineering Russian powerhouse to the Rebels....

Isobel Chase knows hockey. She played NCAA, won Olympic silver, and made it thirty-seven minutes into the new National Women’s Hockey League before an injury sidelined her dreams. Those who can’t, coach, and a position as a skating consultant to her late father’s hockey franchise, the Chicago Rebels, seems like a perfect fit. Until she’s assigned her first job: the man who skated into her heart as a teen and relieved her of her pesky virginity. These days, left-winger Vadim Petrov is known as the Czar of Pleasure, a magnet for puck bunnies and the tabloids alike. But back then... let’s just say his inability to sink the puck left Isobel frustratingly scoreless.

Vadim has a first name that means “ruler,” and it doesn’t stop at his birth certificate. He dominates on the ice, the practice rink, and in the backseat of a limo. But a knee injury has produced a bad year, and bad years in the NHL don’t go unrewarded. His penance? To be traded to a troubled team where his personal coach is Isobel Chase, the woman who drove him wild years ago when they were hormonal teens. But apparently the feeling was not entirely mutual.

That Vadim might have failed to give Isobel the pleasure that was her right is intolerable, and he plans to make it up to her—one bone-melting orgasm at a time. After all, no player can perfect his game without a helluva lot of practice...

This series is shaping up to be such an enjoyable reading adventure for me. I didn’t really love the novella that started everything off but I did enjoy the first book and started this one just as soon as I finished the last book. I’m enjoying these characters, the humor and the romances. I’m looking forward to getting to know Isobel and Vadim a lot better. I knew there was some history between them in Irresistible You so I’m looking forward to digging into their story.

I hope to see more of Violet because she’s my favorite. Her and Bren. *sigh*

What I Read

Shot on Gold (Play by Play #14) by Jaci Burton | 3 out of 5
In Skates Trouble (Chicago Rebels #0.5) by Kate Meader | 3 out of 5
Irresistible You (Chicago Rebels #1) by Kate Meader | 4 out of 5

What I Reviewed

Kingsmen: The Secret Service (2015) | 4.5 out of 5

What I Posted

Week in Review (77)
Throwback Thursday (28)
Book Boyfriend: Valentin Nikolaev from Silver Silence by Nalini Singh

What I Got

Runaway Groom (I Do, I Don’t #2) by Lauren Layne
From Lukov with Love by Mariana Zapata
A Thousand Letters by Staci Hart
Living Out Loud by Staci Hart

What I Got for Review

Making Up (London Celebrities #3) by Lucy Parker

There isn’t a cover for Making Up yet but YAY, a new London Celebrities book!

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


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Week in Review (77)

Posted January 29, 2018 by Rowena in Features | 2 Comments

This week was pretty relaxing but instead of reading a lot of books, I watched a lot of shows. I also drove out to Santa Barbara with my sisters to watch my niece and her team take on a good friend of ours from our club basketball days and her team.

Meghan’s team got smashed and Lauren had a great game. Poor Vanguard. Poor Meghan. At least, she got a home cooked meal delivered to her dorm room the next day. Better luck next time, Meg!

Now, onto the books…

What I’m Currently Reading

Week in Review (77)Shot on Gold by Jaci Burton
Series: Play by Play #14
Published by Penguin, Berkley on February 13th 2018
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley, Publisher
Goodreads

In the new Play-by-Play novel by the New York Times bestselling author of The Final Score, opposites attract when a figure skater and hockey player lace up their skates--and go for the gold...

Will "Mad Dog" Madigan is making his second trip to the Winter Games, and he couldn't be happier. Hockey is his life and playing for the U.S. team is a privilege. Then he meets U.S. figure skater Amber Sloane. She's beautiful, ambitious and driven--everything Will desires in a woman. He would love to show Amber how hot life off the ice can be.

Amber has skated her entire life, sacrificing everything in the hopes of one day winning gold. Now she's competing for the third and final time. She intends to win, and nothing's going to get in her way--until she meets Will. He's an irresistible charmer, and before long Amber is wondering if this sexy hockey player is the perfect guy to show her some moves outside the rink.

But after all the medals have been awarded, Will and Amber will have to decide if what they have together is just a fling or a real shot at true love.

I’m looking forward to digging into this book and continuing this series. I hope it’s as good as the last couple of books that I enjoyed from this series. Fingers crossed.

What I Read

Man Hands (Man Hands #1) by Sarina Bowen & Tanya Tby | DNF
Brooklynaire (Brooklyn Bruisers #4) by Sarina Bowen | 4.75 out of 5

My favorite read of the week goes to Brooklynaire because that was a damn good romance. It was everything that I hoped it would be and Nate was the hero that I wanted him to be just as Becca was as great as I expected. I love the hell out of this series and this book held up that love. I hope that there will be more books for this series. I never want it to end.

On the other hand, I tried to get into Man Hands without much success. I couldn’t get into it so after about a third of the book in, I called it quits. I wasn’t a fan of…anything really. The heroine cried too much, the other characters were just meh and I wasn’t all that interested in continuing so I quit. Can’t win them all, I guess.

What I Reviewed

About that Kiss by Jill Shalvis | 4 out of 5

What I Posted

Week in Review (76)
Throwback Thursday (27)
Book Boyfriend of the week: Mick Trewlove

What I Got

Nothing new this week. Need to focus on my review pile for the next little while.

What I Got for Review

Brooklynaire (Brooklyn Bruisers #4) by Sarina Bowen
The Other Side of Lost by Jessi Kirby

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


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