Week in Review: March 20 to 26

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Walking fail Mar 26/17

The past week was a good one. Despite the weather not warming up when the weather-people said it would, I can’t really complain. I went to see my Grandpa yesterday. He’s doing ok but it’s hard to see him getting older and not as mobile. He still has his wicked sense of humor. And today, the temps were above zero so I thought I’d take my love for a walk in the park. It was a good idea but there’s a lot of sand and small rocks on the roads and walkways that make it hard for her to walk. Her feet are soft and she started limping and walking tenderly very quickly. So I picked her up and we drove through the park instead. Isn’t she spoiled?

Reading was slow but ah well. Not spending money has always adversely impacted my reading.

BOOKS READ

lafsjs.jpgLove and F1rst Sight – Josh Sundquist

hctpHis Custody – Tamsen Parker

CURRENTLY READING

dskhDirty Souls – Karina Halle

So that was my week. How was yours?

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March Buddy Review

mwlkRowena and I have reviewed Marrying Winterborne by Lisa Kleypas for our March buddy review.

You can read our review HERE.

 A ruthless tycoon

Savage ambition has brought common-born Rhys Winterborne vast wealth and success. In business and beyond, Rhys gets exactly what he wants. And from the moment he meets the shy, aristocratic Lady Helen Ravenel, he is determined to possess her. If he must take her virtue to ensure she marries him, so much the better…

A sheltered beauty

Helen has had little contact with the glittering, cynical world of London society. Yet Rhys’s determined seduction awakens an intense mutual passion. Helen’s gentle upbringing belies a stubborn conviction that only she can tame her unruly husband. As Rhys’s enemies conspire against them, Helen must trust him with her darkest secret. The risks are unthinkable… the reward, a lifetime of incomparable bliss. And it all begins with…

Marrying Mr. Winterborne

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Week in Review: March 13 to 19

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I don’t have too much to say about the past week. I lead such an exciting life! *sarcasm* I did go see Kong: Skull Island on Tuesday with a friend. In Imax 3-D. It was awesome! I love giant creatures and that movie definitely fit the bill. I also went to see Beauty and the Beast today. I really enjoyed it.

I also had a follow up appointment for my back on Wednesday. I’m all clear. So it’s the muscles in my back, not my spine. Fortunately, the pain has lessened and it just flares up when I’ve been sitting for a long time. So I take a lot of stand up breaks at work.

One thing I haven’t mentioned in earlier posts was that I gave up shopping for Lent. I can buy necessities (like groceries) but no impulse shopping. The first two days were hard and then it got easy. But Friday was a bad day. I really struggled but I didn’t give in.

BOOKS READ

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Tell Me How This Ends – Victoria De La O

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Love in the Afternoon – Lisa Kleypas

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Smut – Karina Halle

Tell Me How This Ends is a love triangle story. I don’t mind love triangles and this was a good story. Two brothers fall for the same girl and she doesn’t realize that they’re related until feelings happen. Love triangles can have a LOT of angst but this story was balanced. I liked how it ended and no one was left feeling like the bad guy.

Love in the Afternoon was a re-read that Wena talked me into. LOL She was reading it and her comments about Beatrix and Christopher had me wanting to re-read it too. I love those two. Beatrix with her love of animals and how Christopher wants her despite thinking he wants someone else.

Don’t let Smut’s title fool you. This was a fun story about two classmates who have to write a novella together for a writing class. It’s a cute celebration of the romance genre and nerds. Plus some scorching hot sex scenes but they weren’t gratuitous. Karina Halle is one of my favourite authors. And she’s Canadian!

I haven’t picked anything up yet but I have a library book due later this week so I’ll probably try and get that read before its due.

How was your week?

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TBR Challenge: Cold-Hearted Rake

chrlkA twist of fate . . .

Devon Ravenel, London’s most wickedly charming rake, has just inherited an earldom. But his powerful new rank in society comes with unwanted responsibilities . . . and more than a few surprises. His estate is saddled with debt, and the late earl’s three innocent sisters are still occupying the house . . . along with Kathleen, Lady Trenear, a beautiful young widow whose sharp wit and determination are a match for Devon’s own.

A clash of wills . . .

Kathleen knows better than to trust a ruthless scoundrel like Devon. But the fiery attraction between them is impossible to deny—and from the first moment Devon holds her in his arms, he vows to do whatever it takes to possess her. As Kathleen finds herself yielding to his skillfully erotic seduction, only one question remains:

Can she keep from surrendering her heart to the most dangerous man she’s ever known?

The theme for March is Comfort Read so for the TBR Challenge I chose to read Cold-Hearted Rake by Lisa Kleypas. Lisa Kleypas is one of my favourite authors so she definitely qualifies as a comfort read.

Devon Ravenel has lived a pretty selfish life up until now. He’s never had real responsibility so when he inherits his cousin’s title he wants to figure out pretty quick how he can get rid of the estate and all the pesky responsibilities tied to it. When he ventures out to Eversby Prior to get the lay of the land, he meets his cousin’s widow Kathleen and he’s intrigued. He also meets the late earl’s younger sisters, his cousins Helen, Pandora and Cassandra. In getting to know Kathleen, his eyes open up about the estate, what it means to hold the title and he starts to feel. He plunges into things and drags his younger brother West into the project as well. West has a wastrel who probably had a drinking problem but hanging out at Eversby with his relatives has been good for him. It’s given him a purpose and he really grows and his character shines. I’m going to stop talking about West because I heart him and I can’t wait for his book whenever that may be.

But Devon is also an interesting character. He has moments with Kathleen – they definitely started off on the wrong foot but then that turns into a flirty teasing that was fun to read. Devon eventually returns to London and he and Kathleen start up a correspondence that had me smiling. They were still teasing each other even though they weren’t in close proximity. That was a nice development to their relationship.

And Kathleen. Such a strong character. She wasn’t married for very long but it definitely left its mark on her. She was basically abandoned by her parents as a child and she’s got some emotional baggage from that and her short lived marriage but that gives her character depth and spoke to her motivations. She was very protective of her three sisters-in-law.

Overall, I thought Cold-Hearted Rake was a great introduction to the Ravenels. I quickly read the next two books and I rarely read the same author three times in a row, but I really enjoyed all the characters. I liked Devon’s sense of responsibility that developed even though he was still a charmer when it came to Kathleen. I liked that she had a passion for horses and family and stood up for what was right. Even though she does something at the end of the book I disagreed with, I knew she was coming from a place of love. The sense of family between all these characters reminded me of the Hathaways and since I loved that series, it definitely makes me eager for all upcoming books.

Cold-Hearted Rake gets a solid B from me. There was a lot of getting to know characters so the romance wasn’t 100% for me but I still highly recommend this book.

 

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Week in Review: March 6 – 12

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I don’t have too much to say about my past week. It was cold and I stayed in most nights. I did go out on Thursday night (I swear it was the coldest night of the year, at least -35 C!) to see the Shack with my mom, aunt, uncles and cousin. We had all read the book. I enjoyed the movie – it had an uplifting message. The other highlight of my week was my parents’ 34th wedding anniversay on Sunday. We went out for supper and had a blast.

Books Read

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Under Locke by Mariana Zapata: this was a re-read. I really enjoy MZ’s writing and Under Locke was no exception. Out of all the other MZ titles I’ve read so far, this was the only one I haven’t re-read. I honestly think I enjoyed it more the second time around. I wasn’t gobbling it down, I was savouring it. If that makes sense. haha

Currently Reading

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Tell Me How This Ends by Victoria De La O

So that was my amazing week. LOL How was yours?

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Week in Review: Feb 27 – Mar 5

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I had an awesome reading week! I was off work on Monday and didn’t do too much but I went into work on Tuesday feeling good. LOL And then Wednesday to Friday was spent in workshops for work. I had two late nights, working until after 7 pm. I was completely peopled out by Friday so I cuddled with She-ra and read Friday evening and Saturday morning. And I read 4 books! So good week overall.Oh and I went to see Logan yesterday. I highly recommend it if you’re a fan of the X-Men.

Books Read
chrlkCold Hearted Rake by Lisa Kleypas

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Marrying Winterborne by Lisa Kleypas

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We Were on a Break by Lindsey Kelk

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Devil in Spring by Lisa Kleypas

I haven’t picked up something to read yet so no currently reading to share.

How was your week?

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February Recap

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Paint Nite with my mom

February was a short month but I honestly felt like it dragged on. 😦  It wasn’t bad really, just long. My mom had a birthday on the 1st, so we got together as a family which was nice. I went to see a couple of movies. I did the paint nite with my mom, which was fun. The pic above is my final product. Work was work. My reading was wonky. I had a whole week where I didn’t read anything. So after reading Taking a Shot, a week went by before I read Act Like It. I just couldn’t decide on anything, nothing grabbed my attention. But I think after my last week where I read quite a bit (I took 2 long weekends from work!) I’m back on the reading train and things are full steam ahead. Looking back, February is always a bit of a weird reading month for me. Must be the rotation of the earth or something. LOL

Books Read
1. Good Boy by Sarina Bowen & Elle Kennedy
2. Undecided by Julianna Keyes
3. Taking a Shot by Jaci Burton
4. Act Like It by Lucy Parker
5. Under Her Skin by Adriana Anders
6. Special Interests by Emma Barry
7. Pretty Face by Lucy Parker
8. Black Hearts by Karina Halle
9. Forever Pucked by Helena Hunting
10. Artistic License by Elle Pierson
11. Cold Hearted Rake by Lisa Kleypas

Grades:
A – 2
B – 9 (4 B+)

Formats:
E-book – 9
Print – 2

Not quite my monthly goal of 4 print books but 2 that’s ok.

Genres:
Contemporary Romance – 9
Historical Romance – 1
New Adult – 1

I didn’t read any m/m, which was a goal but I’ll try and do better in March.

How was your February?

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Week in Review: Feb 20 – 26

wirsheraThis past week was a good one. I got back into walking on the treadmill after two days off. I’m taking it easy though, just going at a slow and steady pace. No more hip pain so no complaints from me. I also had Monday AND Friday off so I got a heck ton of reading done. Like I haven’t read this much in one week in long time. Yay for good books! And they were all good. The weakest of the bunch was Special Interests but it was still good. I also saw some movies. I went to see Lion with my mom and omg that movie was gut wrenching! I also went to see Lego Batman with my -adult- baby brothers today. LOL I didn’t feel bad about going to see a kid movie though because I noticed a few other adults in the theater without kidlets. But there were still a lot of kids. It was a cute movie in the end. Will Arnett’s batman and Michael Cera’s Robin were a funny duo. Next movie to check out will be Logan on the weekend!

As I’m typing this up though, I’ve got a sick puppy cuddled up to me. She-ra threw up this morning so we’ll see if it persists. I’ll feed her some plain chicken this evening to settle her stomach. I’m wondering if she’s getting sick of her food. Charlie is fine so it’s not the food itself. Maybe its just her system? I’m off tomorrow too so I’ll be able to keep an eye on her. Days off in bed with my furbaby are good days.

Anyway, here’s what I read this week!

Books Read

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Pretty Face by Lucy Parker

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Forever Pucked by Helena Hunting

alepArtistic License by Elle Pierson

Reviews Posted

gboykennedybowenGood Boy buddy reviewed at Wena’s blog, Weendizzle.com!

That’s my week, how was yours?

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Week in Review: Feb 13 – 19

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This past week was ok. The weather was beautiful! Above freezing a couple of days. Which lead to yucky streets and potholes. But I don’t even care. It’s nice to have some good weather. I did the paint nite with my mom Thursday. It was lots of fun. 😛 I’ll post my painting in my February recap. The only downside to the week was my left hip. It started bothering me late last week but twice this week it was throbbing and the pain was shooting down my leg. The first time it happened it lasted for one evening. The worst was yesterday. It started hurting on Friday night and it continued into yesterday. I thought sleeping would make it go away but nope. However, I woke up pain free this morning. I’m walking on the treadmill so I’m wondering if its something to do with that or a pinched nerve? I’m going to make an appointment with my doctor this week, see what’s going on. I couldn’t even sit in the car!

Reading was slow. Only 2 books again.

Books Read

alilpAct Like It by Lucy Parker

uhsaaUnder Her Skin by Adriana Anders

Review Posted

tsjburtonTaking a Shot by Jaci Burton

Currently Reading

siebSpecial Interests by Emma Barry

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TBR Challenge: Taking a Shot

February’s theme was a new-to-you author. I didn’t stick with the theme because my brain is wonky and didn’t feel like reading much so far this month. I’m just glad to have read at least one book from my tbr pile so I’m not complaining.

And I’m not complaining about having read Taking a Shot. It was a good, solid read! I last read Jaci Burton in 2011. I’ve been buying up the Play by Play series over the years but just never got around to reading them. And I’ve been on a bit of a sports kick lately so I when I saw Taking a Shot sitting on the shelf, I thought why not? 

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If you want to score, you have to get in the game… The last thing Jenna Riley needs is more sports in her life. While her brothers are off being athletic superstars, she’s stuck running the family’s sports bar, whether she likes it or not. Then in walks pro hockey stud Tyler Anderson. As much as Jenna would like to go to the boards with him, she’s vowed to never fall for a jock-even one as hot as Ty.

Ty, intrigued by the beautiful bar owner, becomes a regular. He senses that Jenna wants to do something more with her life. And as he gains her trust, the passion between them grows, as does Ty’s insistence that Jenna should start living for herself. With his encouragement, Jenna starts to believe it, too…

But first, Jenna has to figure out what she wants, what she needs, who she loves, and if she has the passion and pride to take a shot at having it all-including Ty…

Jenna Riley is surrounded by sports almost 24/7 so even though pro hockey player Ty Anderson revs her engine, she denies herself the pleasure of his company. The last thing she needs is to start something up with a professional hockey player. Ty is persistent though and he slowly wears her down. Things start off casual but eventually feelings get involved. It was a nice change of pace to see them not really fighting their feelings. The conflict comes from Jenna’s inability to see her potential and her fear to act on it. When Ty tries to push her, she always shuts down.

I thought Taking a Shot was a solid read. The characters didn’t annoy me (and Jenna had the potential to be annoying but she wasn’t -yay-) and the story moved along at a steady pace. I liked the gradual development of Jenna and Ty’s relationship. Ty was a sweet hero. He wasn’t looking to start a relationship but he really liked Jenna and he didn’t deny his feelings. Jenna was kind of hung up on the sports thing but she didn’t turn her nose up at it. She supported Ty and even got to know people in his circle like the other players’ wives. I liked Ty’s teammates and it was good to see Jenna’s brothers and family.

Overall, Taking a Shot gets a solid B from me. Fans of sports romances will enjoy this one.

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