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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.

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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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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

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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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