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Week in Review (82)

Posted March 19, 2018 by Rowena in Books, Features | 0 Comments

First and foremost, happiest of birthdays to my nephew Luke. This little boy is such a joy to have in our family and I love him oh so much. Happy Birthday, Lukey!! What a week, what a week. It’s been a pretty busy week for my family but it was a fun week so I wasn’t too whiny about it. The week started off with my niece Meghan turning 21 so plans for a weekend getaway to Vegas are in the talks. I can’t wait. Meghan’s been busy at Nationals, playing game after game after game. Their season ended in the Elite Eight as they lost to some team, I forget their name. *shrugs* Friday night, I went to my niece’s Maleah and Makaela’s Multicultural Week show where they showcased their culture by performing Polynesian dance numbers for the following islands: Samoa, Hawaii, Tahiti and New Zealand. The dances were great and I really enjoyed the whole show. Our high school is very diverse and we saw dance performances for cultures from all over the globe. Vietnam, China, Japan, Korea, India, Africa, Philippines, Mexico, Cuba, and a whole lot of other countries were represented and overall, it was a really good show. After the Multicultural show, I went next door to the small gym where Brenna was on a cousin date with my niece Brooke. Brooke is in elementary school and her school held their Spring Jam Dance for the students and their families and the kids had a great time at that. I went to a wedding on Saturday for my co-worker and that was a lot of fun. The food was great, the dessert table was bomb as hell and my friend was a gorgeous bride. Sunday was for my book friends. I drove out to Victora Gardens (about an hour from where I live) to hang with my book friends Lori, Tracy, Rosie, Nikki, Wendy and Holly. Lots of book discussions were had and book recommendations and rants and just all over great book talk. We had great food as well. It’s always nice getting together with old friends and catching up. I love my book friends! Now, onto the books…

What I’m Currently Reading

Week in Review (82)Bayou Moon
by Ilona Andrews
Series: The Edge #2
Published by Penguin, Berkley, Ace on October 1st 2010
Genres: Fantasy, Romance
Pages: 447
Format: eBook
Source: Gifted
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The Edge lies between worlds, on the border between the Broken, where people shop at Walmart and magic is a fairytale–and the Weird, where blueblood aristocrats rule, changelings roam, and the strength of your magic can change your destiny…

Cerise Mar and her unruly clan are cash poor but land rich, claiming a large swathe of the Mire, the Edge swamplands between the state of Louisiana and the Weird. When her parents vanish, her clan’s long-time rivals are suspect number one.

But all is not as it seems. Two nations of the Weird are waging a cold war fought by feint and espionage, and their conflict is about to spill over into the Edge—and Cerise’s life . William, a changeling soldier who left behind the politics of the Weird, has been forced back into service to track down a rival nation’s spymaster.

When William’s and Cerise’s missions lead them to cross paths, sparks fly—but they’ll have to work together if they want to succeed…and survive.

My reading to start off the week has been slow going but I do plan on jumping into this book tonight since Brenna and the rest of my family is celebrating Luke’s birthday. I’m a little salty at that, too. 🙁

What I Read

On the Edge by Ilona Andrews | 4.5 out of 5 On Hart’s Boardwalk by Samantha Young | 4 out of 5
It was a slow reading week for me because I chose to spend more time with baby Caiden since our time with him is coming to a close, faster and faster. Still, the books that I did read were good ones and I’m looking forward to digging into the next Edge book by Ilona Andrews.

What I Reviewed

Hurts to Love You by Alisha Rai | 4 out of 5 Love between Enemies by Molly E. Lee | 2.5 out of 5 A Knight in Shining Armor by Jude Deveraux | 4 out of 5 for story, 1 out of 5 for ending Irresistible You by Kate Meader | 4 out of 5 Burn for Me by Ilona Andrews | 4.5 out of 5 and 5 out of 5

What I Posted

Week in Review (80) Bookish Thoughts: Santino Hassell, Sarah Lyons & Riptide Publishing, Crimson Romance and RWA Awards A Statement on Santino Hassell

What I Got

Switch Hitter by Sara Ney Bad Bachelor by Stephanie London

What I Got for Review

Hooked on You by Kate Meader The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang
There you have it, my week in review. How was your week?

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Week in Review (81)

Posted March 12, 2018 by Rowena in Books, Features | 4 Comments

It was a pretty quiet week for me on the homefront. Basketball is pretty much done, with the exception of Meghan who is playing at Nationals right now so I’ve had plenty of time to do things, only it’s been cold and rainy so I’ve stayed close to home and hung out with this little one… Baby Caiden is here in California with us for the next three weeks while his parents are in Samoa for his Daddy’s family business (a funeral and a birthday party). It’s been such a good time coming home to his sweet face and his even sweeter baby voice. I’m going to enjoy every minute that he’s here because I’ll be so sad when he leaves. 🙁 Now, onto the books…

What I’m Currently Reading

Week in Review (81)On the Edge
by Ilona Andrews
Series: The Edge #1
Published by Penguin, Ace on October 29th 2009
Genres: Fantasy, Romance
Pages: 309
Format: eBook
Source: Gifted
Buy It: Amazon|Barnes & Noble
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Rose Drayton lives on the Edge, between the world of the Broken (where people drive cars, shop at Wal-Mart, and magic is a fairy tale) and the Weird (where blueblood aristocrats rule, changelings roam, and the strength of your magic can change your destiny). Only Edgers like Rose can easily travel from one world to the next, but they never truly belong in either.

Rose thought if she practiced her magic, she could build a better life for herself. But things didn’t turn out how she planned, and now she works a minimum wage, off the books job in the Broken just to survive. Then Declan Camarine, a blueblood noble straight out of the deepest part of the Weird, comes into her life, determined to have her (and her power).

But when a terrible danger invades the Edge from the Weird, a flood of creatures hungry for magic, Declan and Rose must work together to destroy them—or they’ll devour the Edge and everyone in it.

My friends and I are obsessed with all things Ilona Andrews right now. I’m reading books on my TBReviewed list but as soon as I get a chance, I’m jumping right back into Ilona Andrews’ books. My goal for this year is to have every single book by her read before the end of the year. Wish me luck.

What I Read

Wildfire (Hidden Legacy #3) by Ilona Andrews | 4.75 out of 5 Over Us, Over You by Whitney G | DNF Hello Stranger (Ravenels #4) by Lisa Kleypas | 4.5 out of 5
My favorite read of the week goes to Wildfire by Ilona Andrews because that book was just flat out good. I love me some Mad Rogan and Nevada and everyone they love because they’re just the bomb like that and I’m still super sad that I’m all done with those books (for now, fingers crossed). My least favorite read is the one that I couldn’t even finish because both the hero and the heroine was freaking brats. Ugh. I might have to give up Whitney G. because the last few books that I read were not on par with the book that I absolutely loved by her. Gah.

What I Reviewed

The Truth about Love and Dukes by Laura Lee Guhrke | 3.75 out of 5 The Trouble with True Love by Laura Lee Guhrke | 4.25 out of 5 Throwback Thursday: Silk is for Seduction by Loretta Chase | 4.75 out of 5

What I Posted

Week in Review (80) Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite Quotes Throwback Thursday (33) Book Boyfriend of the Week: Connor “Mad” Rogan

What I Got

Then There was You by Claire Contreras

What I Got for Review

If You Don’t Have Anything Nice to Say by Leila Sales
There you have it, my week in review. How was your week?

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Week in Review (80)

Posted March 5, 2018 by Rowena in Books, Features | 2 Comments

Happiest of birthdays to my brother Pete and daughter, Brenna. They both celebrated their birthdays this past week and they’re two of my favorite people so they get a shout out here on the blog. It was a busy week for us with dinner for Pete’s birthday on Friday night, breakfast for Brenna’s birthday Saturday morning then Bren and Ken’s basketball game almost two hours from home on Saturday evening (they lost but played so well) and then today is for Meghan’s championship game against that school again, Westmont. It should be an intense game and honestly? Please don’t bother me from 4pm-6pm PST today. Thank you. 🙂 Now, onto the books…

What I’m Currently Reading

Week in Review (80)Wildfire
by Ilona Andrews
Series: Hidden Legacy #3
Also in this series: Burn for Me
Published by Harper Collins, Avon on July 25th 2017
Genres: Romance, Urban Fantasy
Point of View:First Person
Pages: 391
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
Buy It: Amazon|Barnes & Noble
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Just when Nevada Baylor has finally come to accept the depths of her magical powers, she also realizes she’s fallen in love. Connor “Mad” Rogan is in many ways her equal when it comes to magic, but she’s completely out of her elements when it comes to her feelings for him. To make matters more complicated, an old flame comes back into Rogan’s life…

Rogan knows there’s nothing between him and his ex-fiance, Rynda Sherwood. But as Nevada begins to learn more about her past, her power, and her potential future, he knows she will be faced with choices she never dreamed of and the promise of a life spent without him.

As Nevada and Rogan race to discover the whereabouts of Rynda’s kidnapped husband and are forced to confront Nevada’s grandmother, who may or may not have evil motives, these two people must decide if they can trust in each other or allow everything to go up in smoke.

I am completely obsessed with all things Ilona Andrews right now. This writing dual has caught me up in feels and I don’t ever want to come out of any of their worlds. I blame my friend Holly on that. It’s all of her fault for making me read these books. They’re so good. Also? Mad Rogan is everything.

What I Read

Hurts to Love You by Alisha Rai | 4 out of 5 Burn for Me by Ilona Andrews | 5 out of 5 White Hot by Ilona Andrews | 4.25 out of 5
My favorite read of the week goes to Burn for Me because the chemistry between Mad Rogan and Nevada is off the chains great. I loved this book from beginning to end. It was so freaking good. So, so good.

What I Reviewed

Living out Loud by Staci Hart | 3 out of 5 Sweep in Peace by Ilona Andrews | 4.5 out of 5

What I Posted

Week in Review (79) Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Could Re-Read Forever Throwback Thursday (32) Book Boyfriend of the Week: Sean Evans

What I Got

One Last Time by Corinne Michaels

What I Got for Review

Ocean Light by Nalini Singh The Love Coupon by Ainsley Paton
There you have it, my week in review. How was your week?

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Week in Review (79)

Posted February 26, 2018 by Rowena in Books, Features | 0 Comments

Happy Monday, everyone! I hope everyone had a great week in books and that you got everything done on your to do lists. My week was pretty chill though my weekend was hella busy. We had basketball games this week and my girls won all of their games so yay for them. Meghan played against Westmont on Thursday night so the whole Wilson gang drove out to Costa Mesa because it was a pretty big game for Meghan. She didn’t play particularly well against this team in the first round of Conference Play so she needed a big game against them that night (for personal pride) and boy did she pull through. She had a fantastic game. She didn’t score as much as she hoped but she made hella hustle plays on defense and all throughout the game, she showed that she belonged on that court. I love watching my Meg play. Something pretty awesome that happened at Bren and Ken’s game on Friday though…so before each game, we stand and they play a recording of the national anthem before team introductions. On Friday, the PA system went out after the first 15 seconds of the song and instead of waiting for it to come back up, my sister Delene’s mother in law led the crowd in finishing the national anthem ourselves and it was one of the coolest things ever because the crowd was pretty diverse and everyone had their right hand over their heart and not one single person didn’t sing along. It was the best national anthem I’ve ever witnessed. Lots of solidarity there…until the game started and the trash talking began. Haha, it was fun while it lasted. Now, onto the books…

What I’m Currently Reading

Week in Review (79)Hurts to Love You
by Alisha Rai
Series: Forbidden Hearts #3
Published by Harper Collins, Avon on March 27th 2018
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 384
Format: eARC
Source: Publisher, Edelweiss
Buy It: Amazon|Barnes & Noble
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Being bad never felt so good, in the third novel in Alisha Rai’s sexy Forbidden Hearts series!

Well-behaved women don’t lust after men who love to misbehave.

Heiress Evangeline Chandler knows how to keep a secret . . . like her life-long crush on the tattooed hottie who just happens to be her big brother’s friend. She’s a Chandler, after all, and Chandlers don’t hook up with the help. Then again, they also don’t disobey their fathers and quit their respectable jobs, so good-girl rules may no longer apply.

Gabriel Hunter hides the pain of his past behind a smile, but he can’t hide his sudden attraction to his friend’s sheltered little sister. Eve is far too sweet to accept anything less than forever and there’s no chance of a future between the son of a housekeeper and the town’s resident princess.

When a wedding party forces Eve and Gabe into tight quarters, keeping their hands off each other will be as hard as keeping their clothes on. The need that draws them together is stronger than the forces that should shove them apart . . . but their sparks may not survive the explosion when long-buried secrets are finally unearthed.

I started this book at about 11:45 PM last night and only read a couple of chapters before calling it a night but I couldn’t wait…I had to start it. I’m looking forward to getting to know both Eve and Gabe. I just know that I’m going to enjoy this one. I’m super sad that it’s the end of the road for this series. 🙁

What I Read

Runaway Groom by Lauren Layne | 5 out of 5 Sweep in Peace by Ilona Andrews | 4.25 out of 5 Living Out Loud by Staci Hart | 3 out of 5 One Fell Sweep by Ilona Andrews | 4.75 out of 5 What a Difference a Duke Makes by Lenora Bell | 4 out of 5
My favorite reads of the last couple of weeks are definitely Runaway Groom by Lauren Layne and One Fell Sweep by Ilona Andrews. Runaway Groom was such a fun read that kept me laughing and happy sighing all over the place while One Fell Sweep had me gripped with adventure after adventure and Sean Evans? OMGILOVEHIMSOMUCH. He’s such a dreamboat! Both books were fantastic! My least favorite read of the week goes to Living Out Loud by Staci Hart. It wasn’t a bad book but the heroine got on my nerves, the story started off slow but overall the book got better and the heroine wises up before the books ends so while I liked the book, I didn’t love it nearly as much as I loved the other books I read.

What I Reviewed

Shot on Gold by Jaci Burton | 3 out of 5 Brooklynaire by Sarina Bowen | 4.75 out of 5 Beyond Scandal & Desire by Lorraine Heath | 4.25 out of 5 Runaway Groom by Lauren Layne | 5 out of 5

What I Posted

Week in Review (78) Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite Romance Couples Monthly Recap: January 2018 Throwback Thursday (30) Book Boyfriend: Nate Kattenberger Top Ten Tuesday: Books I’m No Longer Interested in Reading Throwback Thursday (31) Book Boyfriend: Gage Barret

What I Got

More than a Feeling by Erika Kelly Straddling the Line by Jaci Burton All Wound Up by Jaci Burton

What I Got for Review

The Hookup by Erin McCarthy Hello Stranger by Lisa Kleypas
There you have it, my week in review. How was your week?

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Week in Review (78)

Posted February 12, 2018 by Rowena in Books, Features | 0 Comments

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
Also in this series: Runaway Groom
Published by Random House, Loveswept on January 30th 2018
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Point of View:Alternating First Person
Pages: 240
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
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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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