June TBR Challenge: Reaper’s Fall by Joanna Wylde

tbrchallenge2017I still have some blogger guilt for completely missing May’s review but I decided I would not miss June’s. So for the TBR Challenge, June’s prompt was favourite trope. I didn’t go with a trope but I did pick a favourite sub-genre – the motorcycle club romance. 😛 Joanna Wylde’s MC romances always hit the spot. 😛

rfjwReaper’s Fall by Joanna Wylde

He never meant to hurt her.

Levi “Painter” Brooks was nothing before he joined the Reapers motorcycle club. The day he patched in, they became his brothers and his life. All they asked in return was a strong arm and unconditional loyalty—a loyalty that’s tested when he’s caught and sentenced to prison for a crime committed on their behalf.

Melanie Tucker may have had a rough start, but along the way she’s learned to fight for her future. She’s escaped from hell and started a new life, yet every night she dreams of a biker whose touch she can’t forget. It all started out so innocently—just a series of letters to a lonely man in prison. Friendly. Harmless. Safe.

Now Painter Brooks is coming home… and Melanie’s about to learn that there’s no room for innocence in the Reapers MC.

It’s been a while since I read the book preceding this one, Reaper’s Stand, but as I read along, the story and characters started coming back to me. Painter goes to prison due to events from the previous book and he lends Melanie his car while he’s locked up. They start writing each other for the next year or so. Melanie definitely wants Painter but he’s not willing to go there. A fact he makes obvious when he’s released and keeps his distance. He thinks Melanie deserves better than him. And then that excuse doesn’t fly when he sees another guy hitting on Melanie. Melanie wants Painter but she isn’t on board with the whole MC lifestyle. She didn’t grow up in that world and she doesn’t understand it fully. She struggles with Painter’s loyalty to his brothers when she sees them as being the reason he was in prison. For someone who’s mom left her when she was younger, she wants to be important to the person she loves and she knows with Painter she’ll always come after his club and brothers. This is where the main conflict fell between Painter and Mel.

So the story actually opens up with a present day scene, with Painter getting mad at Melanie (she brings a date to the club’s clubhouse) and then we go back a few years to how they got to this point – of them not together. I really like how the story unfolded. It shows how Mel and Painter became friends via their letters so they had a good foundation for their relationship. And Mel and Painter were well drawn characters. You get with their backgrounds why certain things are important to them. But when these two were together, they were good and their chemistry was scorching. Knowing that they do split over something at some point did create a bit of tension that had me on edge.

Reaper’s Fall was a solid addition to the Reapers MC series. I really enjoyed Mel and Painter’s characters. The club stuff that is developing in the background is interesting too.

B+

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Week in Review: June 5 to 11

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This week’s WiR pic was taken today. She-ra was my helper while my mom and I gardened. 😛

This past week started off rough. I was feeling horrible on Monday so took a sick day. Luckily I was feeling better by that evening so it wasn’t anything that lingered. Work was also a mixed bag. People were let go on Monday. 😦 Tuesday and Wednesday were stressful as a result of that but also with other stuff. But then Thursday and Friday were quiet. Had a staff meeting on Friday and my unit was responsible for the food so that was good. We had some good breakfast and lunch (and leftovers for supper haha).

Tuesday night I went to see Wonder Woman. It was good! I recommend it if you haven’t seen it yet.

And this weekend was relaxing. Saturday it rained so I did a small bit of shopping (I’m addicted to Michaels and their damn 50% off coupons) and watched Logan. Today I gardened. It was great.

BOOKS READ

rfjwReaper’s Fall by Joanna Wylde

Ugh only one book again this week. I would really like to know what’s happening with my reading. Mind you, I enjoyed this book. I picked it up for the TBR Challenge. I wasn’t going to forget this month since I still feel a bit bad for missing May.

CURRENTLY READING

dyhyclDating You / Hating You by Christina Lauren

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Week in Review: May 29 to June 4

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The past week was a good one. The weather has been great and we had two birthdays to celebrate, my cousin and my dad’s. For June we have my youngest brother’s 21st birthday to look forward to. Yay. Oh and father’s day! I got my dad a Canada 150 T-shirt and a movie. Seriously, my dad has everything! So I don’t know what to get him for Father’s Day. I know he mentioned getting a new Tim Horton’s travel mug. So I’ll get him one of those. Nothing fancy. haha

I’m getting worried about my reading. I read one book this week. Again. I had to return Caraval before I could finish reading it (library book if you couldn’t guess) and I started Rocked Up by Karina Halle. WELL the book was feeling off for me and I get why…I had the placeholder file from Kobo…so it wasn’t the correct file. And here’s my beef with kobo. You have to CALL and speak to an actual PERSON for customer service stuff. Seriously, just give me the right file and let’s not talk to anyone. I’m such an introvert. LOL So I’ve been avoiding making the call so I haven’t read anything once I realized I had the wrong file (the book cuts off at Chapter 4 – and this is the second time it happened!).

BOOKS READ

suphhShacking Up by Helena Hunting

So that was my reading week. I enjoyed Shacking Up. I love Helena Hunting’s writing and this was a sweet romance. Not as bawdy as her Pucked books. But there’s still that Helena flavour. 😛

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May Recap

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Baby bison!

May brought sunshine and some wackadoodle weather but there were plenty of warm days to take She-ra out. I started the garden – just to get it ready for planting which I hope to do this coming weekend. I saw some movies (Guardians of the Galaxy 2 twice!), hung out with my grandpa lots, spent way too much on planner related things (I have no self-control) and again had a slow reading month. I did do some re-reading and I forgot the tbr challenge. May was a mishmash. I hope June is a better reading month. 😛

Books Read:
1. Pipe Dreams by Sarina Bowen
2. The Hot Shot by Kristen Callihan
3. Unattainable by Madeline Sheehan
4. Irresistible by Mary Balogh (re-read)
5. Tell Me Not To Go by Victoria De La O
6. Going Nowhere Fast by Kati Wilde
7. Geekerella by Ashley Poston
8. Alex, Approximately by Jenn Bennett (buddy review at Weendizzle)

Genres:
Contemporary Romance – 5
Contemporary YA – 2
Historical Romance – 1

Grades:
A – 2
B – 5
C – 1

Formats:
E-Book – 6
Library Book – 1
Library E-Book – 1

That was my May in books. How was yours?

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April Recap

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This was April 22, 2017

I sat down to start drafting my May monthly recap and I realized I hadn’t done an April recap yet! Whoops. That’s the monthly recap and the tbr challenge I’ve forgotten this month. I’m so bad.

I don’t really remember what I got up to during April. I went to a hockey game, I binge watched season 1 and 2 of Narcos (I recommend it!) and She-ra had an ear infection. I guess those are the highlights. LOL

Here’s what I read:
1. Beautiful Stranger by Christina Lauren
2. Dreaming of You by Lisa Kleypas
3. Crazy Pucking Love by Cindi Madsen
4. Trophy Wife by Alessandra Torre
5. How the Duke Was Won by Lenora Bell
6. Her Nightly Embrace by Adi Tantimedh
7. Before I Ever Met You by Karina Halle
8. Once and For All by Cheryl Etchison

Genres:
Contemporary Romance – 4
Historical Romance – 2
New Adult – 1
Mystery – 1

Grades:
A – 1 (Dreaming of You, which was a re-read)
B – 5
C – 2

Formats:
E-Book – 5
Print – 1
Library Print – 1
Library E-book – 1

All in all, it was an ok reading month. Eight books has been my lowest count yet for books read during the month. I don’t track my re-reads though when I skim. Like Wait for It and Kulti by Mariana Zapata. I don’t read every word. So even though I’m not reading new books, I’m still reading.

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Week in Review: May 22 to 28

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Like I said in my previous post, this past Monday was a holiday for us Canadians. 😛 I finally finished Geekerella so that was a day well spent. LOL I don’t know what’s up with my reading lately but it’s really tapering off. I’m actually watching less tv so I can’t say that’s cutting into my reading time. I’m just doing…nothing. It’s a bit perplexing. Anyway, I had a sick day on Wednesday and I watched the season finale of Scandal and caught up on Veep. The rest of the week has been fine. Yesterday I checked out a huge community garage sale with my mom, cheered my brother on during a black belt test and went to see Guardians of the Galaxy 2 with my other brother. Second watch – I think I enjoyed it more the second time around. 😛 Today is going to be a relaxing day. Maybe go to Michaels…again. LOL And read!

BOOKS READ
GeekerellaapGeekerella by Ashley Poston

aajbAlex, Approximately by Jenn Bennett

Besides these two books, I also did a quick re-read of Jennifer Crusie’s Crazy For You. I love Nick and Quinn, and little Katie. 😛

CURRENTLY READING
csgCaraval by Stephanie Garber

How was your week?

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Week in Review: May 15 to 21

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This past week flew by! I felt like I didn’t have a lot of downtime and I’m not sure why. I usually watch DWTS with my mom on Monday and we didn’t get to it until Wednesday. And then I didn’t watch tv again until Saturday night! Do you think I was reading though? NO. Its a holiday tomorrow for us peeps in Canada (Victoria Day) so I’m hoping to finish up a book I started. Also, I completely forgot about the TBR Challenge this week!! I just remembered TODAY. WTF? LOL

Here’s the one book I read this week:

gnfkwGoing Nowhere Fast by Kati Wilde

I really enjoyed this story. You have a road trip paired with a best friend’s older sibling and it starts off with them hating each other. Hot stuff. LOL

CURRENTLY READING

GeekerellaapGeekerella by Ashley Poston

I’m enjoying this one but I’m just not able to sit down and read these days. So sad. Let’s hope tomorrow changes that!

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Week in Review: May 7 – 14

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Happy Mother’s Day!

The past week was a great one. I went to see Guardians of the Galaxy 2 on Monday. I really enjoyed it. I love Baby Groot and the soundtrack was awesome. I’m planning on seeing it again in Imax 3-D. Next movie to see though is King Arthur. Maybe next week Monday, since it’s a holiday here in Canada. Friday was also a great work day. We had a team-building day so it was filled with activities like hatchet throwing, canoeing and a bison safari. There were 8 baby bison! So cute.

BOOKS READ

umsUnattainable by Madeline Sheehan

irresistible-9Irresistible by Mary Balogh

tmntgvdloTell Me Not To Go by Victoria De La O

And I also re-read Kulti. I think it might be time to tackle one of the two remaining titles I have left to read by Mariana Zapata. 😛

So that was my week. How was yours?

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Week in Review: May 1 to 6

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I can’t believe it’s May already! And it’s starting off very well. The weather is great and I even got some yard work done yesterday. I like working in the yard and garden. I planted some seeds last weekend and they were already sprouting a few days later. She-ra is on the mend. I still have to give her eardrops for a couple of days but she’s good.

Reading has been great! Here’s what I read.

BOOKS READ

ofaceOnce and For All by Cheryl Etchison

pdsbPipe Dreams by Sarina Bowen

thskcThe Hot Shot by Kristen Callihan

CURRENTLY READING

umsUnattainable by Madeline Sheehan

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Week in Review: Apr 24 – 30

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She-ra kept me up until 2am last Sunday, scratching her ear. I suspected an ear infection and got her to the vet later Monday afternoon. Sure enough, I caught it early so it wasn’t bad. She gets eardrops for ten days though – just another week to go. She does fine with the medicated drops but the cleaning solution? She HATES it. Poor thing. But she’s not scratching so I think its better already. She has a follow up appointment this Friday.  Overall it was a quiet week. Wednesday I hung out with my grandpa and took him to his favourite stores. His house is getting renovated right now so he’s staying with his brother and sister. Saturday I had an epic shopping day with my mom and aunt. LOL I say epic because we went to quite a few places but I didn’t get much. I overindulged on washi tape though. I had a 55% off coupon to Michaels so bought 2 tubes there and a sticker book and then bought 3 3-packs of washi from Ikea! Seriously, I need to cut myself off for the month of May. And what pray tell do I need all the washi for? Planning. LOL And then today topped off a good week with a movie – Gifted. Chris Evans is hot and that movie made me cry.

Reading wise, it was another slow week but I’m not complaining – I’m still reading!

BOOKS READ

hneatHer Nightly Embrace – Adi Tantimedh

biemykhBefore I Ever Met You – Karina Halle

CURRENTLY READING

ofaceOnce and For All – Cheryl Etchison

I really enjoyed her Nightly Embrace and it was a quick read but for the majority of the week I could only read for a few minutes in the mornings. I read the majority of it on Friday (I was home sick). I heard this was going to be made into a tv show so I wanted to check it out. I’m glad I did. Interesting cast of characters. Before I Ever Met You’s blurb was like pure catnip for me and I sped through it. It features an older hero (early 40s, heroine is a 25 year old single mom) and it was cute. Karina Halle is an autobuy author for me and I love her writing. I recommend you check her out if you haven’t.

Once and For All I started yesterday and I’m enjoying it. Somethings have me raising my eyebrow but for the most part I can overlook it. I’m really looking forward to book 2 -which is available – and book 3 releases May 23rd.

How was your week?

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