Week in Review: April 17 – 23

Monday was a day off for me, so I had a 4-day weekend last week. It was really hard to get back into work mode on Tuesday and the rest of the week, to be honest. I couldn’t focus and I didn’t even read really. And usually if I’m incapable of reading something, I’ll re-read Kulti. Didn’t even do that!

Oh and after a beautiful week with warm weather…it snowed yesterday.


trophywifeatTrophy Wife – Alessandra Torre

htdwwlbHow the Duke Was Won – Lenora Bell


hneatHer Nightly Embrace – Adi Tantimedh

So that was my quiet week. How was yours?

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April TBR Challenge

I chose to review Beautiful Stranger the TBR Challenge for April.

bsclBeautiful Stranger by Christina Lauren
Series: Beautiful Bastard #2

Escaping a cheating ex, finance whiz Sara Dillon’s moved to New York City and is looking for excitement and passion without a lot of strings attached. So meeting the irresistible, sexy Brit at a dance club should have meant nothing more than a night’s fun. But the manner—and speed—with which he melts her inhibitions turns him from a one-time hookup and into her Beautiful Stranger.

The whole city knows that Max Stella loves women, not that he’s ever found one he particularly wants to keep around. Despite pulling in plenty with his Wall Street bad boy charm, it’s not until Sara—and the wild photos she lets him take of her—that he starts wondering if there’s someone for him outside of the bedroom.

Hooking up in places where anybody could catch them, the only thing scarier for Sara than getting caught in public is having Max get too close in private.

I read Beautiful Bastard years ago and did not enjoy it. I did read two other CL titles afterwards and really enjoyed them so I thought I’d go back and read book 2. I am happy to say that it was leaps better than Beautiful Bastard.

Sara Dillon is new to New York and she’s going out dancing with friends. She’s just come out of a relationship that was not good for her (her ex cheated on her). So she flirts with a guy at the bar, not expecting -or wanting- anything to happen. But she has a reckless urge to hook up with her sexy stranger – right there, in the club. They do hook up in an alcove and then Sara walks away, not sharing her name.

This intrigues Max. Max is a known player in NYC and for a woman not to want to see him again, it means he can’t stop thinking about her. Luckily for him, Sara is friends with his friend’s wife. After another scorching encounter, Sara proposes a friends with benefits arrangement with Max. The only catch being they can’t have sex in a bed – Sara is embracing her newfound exhibitionist streak.

Without giving anything away, eventually the meet ups aren’t enough for either Sara or Max but she’s got baggage from her ex and he is not known for commitment.

Ok, I really enjoyed this one. I liked that Sara and Max’s relationship didn’t develop in a typical way. I liked that Max encouraged Sara’s new kinky side. He helped her in a non-shaming way that let her be brave enough to try new things. And that’s the kind of guy Max was. He was a good guy. Despite not having a serious relationship before, he was there for Sara. Even though they weren’t in a ‘relationship.’ Sara’s issues about relationships made sense and I get why she reacted the way she did when she thought Max did what he did. The sex scenes were hot and the romance was sweet. I was looking forward to jumping into book 3 but when I checked the blurb, I realized I read it already. LOL So I’ll start the Wild Seasons series soon.


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Week in Review: April 10 – 16

Happy Easter everyone! I opted not to go to my Grandpa’s today. The last few times I went to visit it hasn’t been good. I did stop in on Friday for a few hours and I do love my Grandpa, but I don’t like the drive out to his place or the atmosphere. So I’m staying home today and not doing anything productive. haha

Overall, the past week was a good one. Work wasn’t crazy – I had meetings but nothing too stressful. But it sucked when it came to reading. I finished one book on Tuesday and then nothing! I didn’t feel the urge to pick anything new up so I ended up skim reading through some favourites. So sad though. I hope this isn’t a reading slump.


cplcmCrazy Pucking Love – Cindi Madsen


trophywifeatTrophy Wife – Alessandra Torre

How was your week?

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Week in Review: April 3 to 9

My week started off with a migraine. So it could only go up from there. LOL It was a quiet week, work went well and I was supposed to go for supper on Wednesday night with friends but I ended up going to a hockey game with my parents instead. It was fun. Reading was slow – I only read two books. I also started watching Narcos. And I’m hooked. It’s good!!


bsclBeautiful Stranger by Christina Lauren

doylkDreaming of You by Lisa Kleypas

I picked Beautiful Stranger to read for my April TBR challenge so I’ll review that later this month. And Dreaming of You was a re-read and I’ll be buddy reviewing that with Rowena. So I enjoyed both books and that’s all I’ll say for now, I’ll save it for my reviews. LOL

cplcmCrazy Pucking Love by Cindi Madsen

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Week in Review: March 27 to April 2

The past week was meh. I struggled with my concentration all week and I had quite a few nights of rough sleep. I couldn’t regroup and I thought this weekend would be good for that. Saturday was a good productive day but Sunday was a bust. And I didn’t even get around to getting this post up. So I thought I’d do it today…and I eventually did but I woke up with a migraine that’s finally now wearing off. *sigh* I’m blaming the changing of the season. I always struggle in the spring and this year is no exception.


dskhDirty Souls – Karina Halle

tcdeThe Circle – Dave Eggers

Dirty Souls did not end how I wanted it to. But I still enjoyed it! Halle writes some pretty angsty stories that I just eat up! I kind of wanted someone in particular to die…and I hadn’t read his series yet and now I don’t know if I want to. Maybe in a while…let my fresh feelings from this duology wear off. LOL

The Circle did NOT end how I expected. I had bought this a few years back because I liked the idea of an evil internet company. When I saw that it was made into a movie with Emma Watson and Tom Hanks, I had to read it. And now that I have…I don’t know if I’ll go watch the movie or not. Who knows…

I also did a quick re-read of Wait for It by Mariana Zapata.

bsclBeautiful Stranger – Christina Lauren

How was your week?

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March Recap


Ice breaker breaking up the ice LOL

March was a quiet month. I went to see a lot of movies and I was watching some good tv shows. Victoria was on and I thoroughly enjoyed that show. Big Little Lies started. I’m enjoying the Good Fight, my mom and I watched the Young Pope (with Jude Law).  And my favorite ancestry show started up again, Who Do You Think You Are?  March was still pretty cold until the last couple of weeks when it started to warm up. And I had dinner twice this week with my Grandpa. I had some weird back pain at the beginning of the month that took a while to go away. I’m still walking everyday. Except last night I missed because I was watching Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.

For April, I want to start working on the gardens, cleaning them out…I need to rent a rototiller for the backyard corner garden. It was overttaken last summer by weeds. I’ve been trying to attack that corner spot for years but haven’t really been motivated enough. The garden is a project for sure this summer. Also Lent ends in April. And let me tell you, giving up shopping has been the hardest thing I’ve ever done. So that tells me I have a real shopping problem. LOL

Anyway, here’s what I read in March.

Books Read

1. Marrying Winterborne by Lisa Kleypas
2. We Were on a Break by Lindsey Kelk
3. Devil in Spring by Lisa Kleypas
4. Under Locke by Mariana Zapata – reread
5. Tell Me How It Ends by Victoria De La O
6. Love in the Afternoon by Lisa Kleypas – reread
7. Smut by Karina Halle
8. Love and F1rst Sight by Josh Sundquist
9. His Custody by Tamsen Parker
10. Dirty Souls by Karina Halle
11. The Circle by Dave Eggers

A – 1 (Love in the Afternoon)
B – 9
C – 1 (The Circle)

E-Book – 7
Library Print – 2
Print – 2

Contemporary Romance – 4
Historical Romance – 3
Chick Lit – 1
Gen. Fiction – 1
New Adult – 1
Young Adult – 1

I wanted to read the Circle after I saw the trailer online. And let me tell you, it did not end how I expected. So now I don’t know if I even want to see the movie anymore. LOL I haven’t picked up anything yet after finishing that book…not sure what I’m in the mood for anymore. So we’ll see. I got some library books I need to tackle…but I’m just feeling meh going into April.

How was your March?

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Week in Review: March 20 to 26



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.


lafsjs.jpgLove and F1rst Sight – Josh Sundquist

hctpHis Custody – Tamsen Parker


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

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.



Tell Me How This Ends – Victoria De La O


Love in the Afternoon – Lisa Kleypas


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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