Week in Review: Sept 18 to 24

This past week was cold! Fall is definitely pushing summer out. And I don’t know what was up with me but I only read one book. That makes me sad.


domhkbDuke of My Heart – Kelly Bowen



Seducing his Student – London Hale


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Week in Review: Sep 11 to 17

The past week was interesting. My mom had surgery. She’s doing well. I took a day off to help her but ended up having a migraine so that was a bust. The weather did cool off this week as well. I feel like its too soon! And Benji went to the vet for his second round of shots yesterday. He is not happy with the vet. LOL He is very touchy about his ears (since he had to get ear drops) and didn’t like anyone near his head. Poor buddy. But he’s good until his next round of shots in 4 weeks.


owasjsfOne Was A Soldier – Julia Spencer Fleming


domhkbDuke of My Heart – Kelly Bowen

I’ve been rereading Clare and Russ’ series over the last week and One Was A Soldier was the next book in the series that I hadn’t read yet. I took my time reading it because I just want to live in Russ and Clare’s world. I have Through the Evil Days still to read but I’m taking a break to read my buddy review book with Wena.

How was your week?

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Week in Review: Sept 4 to 10

The past week was a good one. The weather was nice, work was hopping and I was reading! My only complaint for the week is trying to house train a puppy with 4 other people who do not understand that they need to keep a constant eye on him. SO FRUSTRATING. I work 8 hours a day. I do my bit in the morning and in the evening, but the rest of the time my family members need to chip in. I mean, I could easily take Benji over and make him my dog instead of a family pet and manage every aspect of his care but…but. Whatever. He’s still a baby, it all takes time. But my family doesn’t know what they’re doing. Lets just leave it at that. I mean, I already got him to stop biting me. In ONE session.

I went to see It today. All the scary stuff in the trailer are the scariest bits of the movie and it’s not so scary anymore since you’ve seen those parts already. So I enjoyed the movie, had a bit of trouble with the way race was portrayed but overall it was enjoyable. I had a few good laughs with my brother. We had watched the original tv movie Friday and Saturday night so it was nice to see the comparison. This version is a LOT better. But I do like Tim Curry’s Pennywise a tad bit more. This new Pennywise is scarier though.

Ok, here’s my awesome reading week.

ttibkaThe Time In Between by Kristen Ashley

koccgThe Kingpin of Camelot by Cassandra Gannon

tdatdjsfTo Darkness and to Death by Julia Spencer-Fleming

amfjsfAll Mortal Flesh by Julia Spencer-Fleming

isnwjsfI Shall Not Want by Julia Spencer-Fleming

I love Russ and Clare. So now I’m all caught up on my re-reads of the series and the next books I read will be new to me reads. I am going to take a break though and read something by someone else. Any recs?

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Week in Review: Aug 28 to Sep 3

My baby turned 10 this week! She’s got a few more gray hairs in her fur but she’s still full of sass and attitude. I took her to a coworker’s pool party today and everyone loved her. She still isn’t used to Benji, his puppy antics are too much for her sometimes (she likes things calm) but overall Benji is making space for himself in our hearts and house. Awww. The first week went well. He’s a biter. I know it’s just puppy stuff but man do those little teeth hurt! LOL I went to see Wind River on Monday. It’s a timely subject matter and I thought it was well done. The next movie I want to see is It. During the day. The preview scares the crap out of me so I just imagine how I’ll react to seeing Pennywise on the big screen. EEK. And then Saturday I took a drive down to North Dakota for some shopping. I hit an awesome sale at Hobby Lobby. And ate Mexican. YUM!

And my reading week was a good one! I’m still re-reading but that’s ok. It’s to get caught up on a series. I LOVE Clare and Russ and the little nuggets in these books over their developing relationship is cat nip to me. *sigh*


itbmjsfOut of the Deep I Cry by Julia Spencer-Fleming

affwbjsfA Fountain Filled with Blood by Julia Spencer-Fleming

ootdicjsfOut of the Deep I Cry by Julia Spencer-Fleming


ttibkaThe Time In Between by Kristen Ashley

Monday is a holiday so I think I’ll try to catch another movie and read. I can totally relax. 😛 How was your week and what were your long weekend plans?

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Week in Review: Aug 21 to 27

Today’s week in review photo features our new puppy, name TBD. LOL We rescued him on Saturday evening. Literally off the street. He’s already been to the vet today for his first shots and he has a raging ear infection in both ears but otherwise he’s good to go. My mom and I like the name Benji. He’s a poodle mix. Around 2 months old. That’s all we know.

Besides that, my week has been chill. Those are the best weeks.


bsprBeard Science by Penny Reid

tcrkcThe Change Room by Karen Connelly


itbmjsfIn The Bleak Midwinter by Julia Spencer-Fleming

This is a re-read for me. I don’t know what it is but I’ve been in the mood to re-read a lot lately. I’m not fighting it. Next up will probably be Falls Chance Ranch. 😛

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Week in Review: Aug 14 to 20

This past week was so-so. I was sick Monday and Wednesday (migraine on Wednesday, boo) but the later half of my week made up for that. I had a super relaxing weekend. In fact, today’s post is coming so late because I read all day. It was nice. I keep track of my books read and so far for August I’ve technically only read 4. I’m not counting any of the re-reading I’m doing because I’m skimming a lot. Just going for my favourite scenes kind of thing. Like for example from Thursday to Saturday morning I re-read all 5 Adrien English novels. But I’m not counting them because they weren’t full read every word on every page reads. Does that make sense?

Books Read

hmbHeartless by Mary Balogh

tddtdThe Duchess Deal by Tessa Dare

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August TBR Challenge

The theme for August’s TBR Challenge is Kickin’ It Old School. Heartless by Mary Balogh fits the bill since it was originally published in 1995. Luckily though, I had a recently reprinted copy.

Life has taught Lucas Kendrick, Duke of Harndon, that a heart is a decided liability. Betrayed by his elder brother, rejected by his fiancée, banished by his father, and shunned by his mother, Luke fled to Paris, where he became the most sought-after bachelor in fashionable society.

Ten years later, fate has brought him back home to England as head of the family who rejected him. Unwilling as he is to be involved with them, he must assume responsibility for his younger siblings, the family estate he once loved—and the succession. He faces the prospect of marrying with the greatest reluctance—until he sees beguiling Lady Anna Marlowe across a ballroom one night.

Anna, far from being the bright-eyed innocent Luke takes her for, is no more a stranger to the shadows of a painful past than he is. But for her, marriage cannot so easily solve what is wrong in her life—not when a tormentor stalks her to the very doors of Bowden Abbey, where Luke and Anna must learn to trust in each other or risk any chance they may have for a happy future.

I don’t know how to feel about Heartless. I mean, it had a good story but Anna annoyed me. Actually, Luke did too. My biggest pet peeve in romance is communication. So much angst could be avoided if couples freaking talk to each other.

So ten years ago, Luke was engaged to Henrietta…but then Henrietta claimed to have been ravished by his older brother (the heir) and was pregnant so they had to marry. Luke challenged his brother to a duel and accidentally almost killed him. He was banished by his family and he moved to Paris where he tucked all emotion away (thus the Heartless title) and became the most fashionable gentleman in Paris. He’s called back to England when his brother passed away and his younger siblings need a male figure in their lives and the estate needs better management.

Anna has come to London to present her sister. Anna herself is 25 and believes herself to be on the shelf. Indeed, there’s something in her past that makes her getting married impossible. Or so she believes. When her and Luke meet she believes she can have a few months of happiness and whimsy before return to her sad, country life. However, Luke, who didn’t want responsibility needs a wife and he really likes Anna and believes they can make a happy life together. A life without love though since he doesn’t have a heart.

But…that’s not meant to be of course. Both Luke and Anna have secrets. Anna keeps hers because she’s afraid that Luke will reject her. Luke keeps his secrets because he’s afraid of emotion. Anna finds out some of Luke’s secrets because one of them actually lives in their home (Henrietta). But Luke starts to care deeply for Anna and his secrets drive him crazy, especially when she keeps denying anything’s wrong. Can Anna be brave enough to open up to Luke? And can Luke heal from the past and learn to love?

So I really liked the characters and how their relationships developed. Luke has a younger brother and sister who hate him. LOL When he returned to England they were expecting the version of their brother they remembered, a loving, supportive brother. And Luke is not that. For Anna, she shouldered heavy burdens for her family when her mother was sick, died and then when her father passed as well. She has a few younger siblings as well and Emily was my favourite. She’ll be the heroine of the next book in this series, Silent Melody.

The main villain, someone from Anna’s past, is creepy as hell and I struggled to figure out what his deal was. And this is where my enjoyment of the book waned. Anna had so many chances to tell Luke what was happening and she chickened out every time. When she finally decides to tell him, Luke has taken it upon himself to discover the truth and to me it was too little too late. Despite that, I did like Anna and Luke together. I liked that even though he felt betrayed at one point, he spoke to Anna about it and moved on.

I like reading old Mary Balogh titles so even though I had some issues with this one, I liked the introduction of Emily’s character and I look forward to reading Silent Melody.

Heartless gets a C from me.

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Week in Review: Aug 7 to 13

This past week I went back to work after my vacation. It wasn’t too rough but I was glad when Friday rolled around. LOL Thursday I went to a grad for my cousin and some evening entertainment. Otherwise, the week was quiet – I walked She-ra every night, watched some tv and somehow BARELY READ ANYTHING. Ugh. Two weeks into August and I’ve only read 2 books. Horrible!

rsecRoyally Screwed by Emma Chase

I hope you all had a better reading week than I did.

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Week in Review: July 31 to Aug 6

I’m going to be honest, this last week of my vacation was an utter disappointment. We had two things planned for the long weekend and neither panned out. But what tips me over into disappointment was that I did nothing with my time this week. I didn’t paint (except a paint nite on Monday evening) and I barely read. I just wasn’t productive. The only good thing about this week was I slept in almost every day. Fun. I love sleep.


kbstdsKing of Bourbon Street by Thea De Salle


tiafmstTrouble is a Friend of Mine by Stephanie Tromly

I did a lot of skim re-reading this week but only 1 book? So disappointed. How was your week?

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July Recap


She-ra in front of my Grampa’s house

July was a good month, no complaints from me. 😛 I ended the month with a week off and I relaxed. I went to the rodeo, I saw some movies, I read some books, I even went to a Paint Nite! And Game of Thrones started. 😛

Here’s what I read in July:

1. Allegiance of Honor by Nalini Singh
2. The Obsession by Nora Roberts (reread)
3. After All by Karina Halle
4. When It’s Real by Erin Watt
5. My Best Friend’s Ex by Meghan Quinn
6. All Played Out by Cora Carmack
7. Anything but Minor by Kate Stewart
8. These Old Shades by Georgette Heyer (reread)
9. Grin and Beard It by Penny Reid
10. Stay by Elle Kennedy & Sarina Bowen
11. Haven by Rebekah Weatherspoon
12. Hate to Want You by Alisha Rai
13. The King of Bourbon Street by Thea de Salle

A – 1
B – 11
C – 1

E-Book – 12
Print – 1

Contemporary Romance – 8
Historical Romance – 1
New Adult – 2
PNR – 1
Romantic Suspense – 1

I would have to say my favourite read of the month was Haven by Rebekah Weatherspoon. It packed an emotional punch and it was hot hot hot.

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